Former Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has been ordered to pay almost £5,000 in fines after he was caught driving without a licence and no insurance.
The Danish footballer, who was on-loan to Sunderland AFC from Arsenal last season, was pulled over by police in his Audi Q7 on a slip road on the A184 at Whitemare Pool roundabout in South Tyneside.
Officers checked the 24-year-old’s details and discovered that he didn’t have a driving licence, was not insured to drive the £40,000 car and that his licence plates were not registered.
Bendtner was due at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer charges of driving without the correct licence, using a vehicle without insurance and two counts of driving a vehicle with a registration mark that does not conform with regulations.
Bendtner did not appear at the court, and magistrates found him guilty in his absence.
The court heard that when asked why there was no insurance or trace of the plates, Bendtner said: “I have a friend who sorts that out for me.”
Magistrates fined him £4,750 and added six points to his licence.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.
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