Jesse Ryder admits drink driving


Former New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has pleaded guilty to drunk driving with more than three times the alcohol limit. It has been learnt that Ryder was pulled over on Taradale Road in Napier on February 7 and when he was checked, he was under the influence of alcohol as he recorded a breath alcohol reading of 873 micrograms per litre of breath when the legal limit of alcohol is 250mcg.

Jesse Ryder admits drink driving
Jesse Ryder

He had appeared in Napier District Court on Wednesday and his guilty plea was entered by lawyer James Rainger. This isn’t the first time Ryder was under the influence of alcohol.

During his playing days, he came under fire for missing team meetings when he was involved in a night drinking session which forced the team selections to drop him for the game. Though he is a good cricketer, he had mixed it with bad behaviour and because of which, his career has been ruined.

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He has represented New Zealand in 18 Tests, 48 ODIs and 22 T20 internationals for New Zealand between 2008 and 2014. His last international appearance came in January 2014.

Jesse Ryder had played his last first-class game for the Stags in March 2018 as they bagged that season’s Plunket Shield accolade, but he was not offered a contract for the 2018-19 season.

Last summer as player-coach of Napier Technical Old Boys, Jesse Ryder steered the Central Districts champions to consecutive national club titles with a remarkable win over Canterbury club St Albans.

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