Clarke Carlisle ‘was charged with driving offence’

Clarke Carlisle
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Former Leyland school boy and Preston North End player Clarke Carlisle is facing court action over an alleged drink driving offence, after being charged just days before he was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry.

The 35-year-old former Balshaw’s CE High School pupil, who was a defender for PNE, Burnley and QPR, was seriously injured following the collision on the A64, near York, on December 22 and remains in a Leeds hospital.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed he was charged with failing to provide a sample on December 20 and is set to appear in court next month.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Clarke Carlisle, 35, was charged on Saturday, December 20 with failing to provide a specimen and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

“He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on January 20, 2015.”

North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and appealed for witnesses.

Since the collision, a host of footballers, former clubs, organisations and charities have used social media to send messages hoping former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Carlisle makes a quick recovery.

His wife Gemma thanked well-wishers on Twitter on Monday.

She said: “Clarke still very poorly but we’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.”