Sept. 14, 2021 – At Manchester Magistrates’ Court this week, Eagles claimed he needed his vehicle to take his two children to school.

Eagles admitted being drunk while in charge of the Q7 vehicle and said he was attending AA meetings after splitting up with his Hollyoaks star girlfriend earlier this month following a series of rows.

Once a rising star in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, Eagles has suffered a dramatic fall from grace with a flurry of controversies.

From 2000, he spent eight years on the Red Devils’ books but Rio Ferdinand later revealed how Eagles clashed with then-captain Roy Keane. 

By 2008 Eagles joined Burnley for a reported fee of £1.2million, and then Bolton, before another bust-up with then-manager Dougie Freedman. 

After 15 months out of the game he signed a one-year deal with Oldham in 2019, which lasted just six months. 

The 35-year-old left Oldham by mutual consent in January 2020 and ten months later his relationship with the mother of his children and then-fiancée Danielle Mitchinson ended. The former footballer was banned from driving for three months, fined £1250 and ordered to pay £275 in costs and surcharges. 

The court heard the arrest took place on March 21 after a man called Ben Bishop contacted police at 3.15am after speaking with Eagles. 

Mr Bishop found the player sat in the car asleep with his seat belt buckled and the engine turned on.

Prosecutor Nick Smart told the hearing: ‘In the small hours of the morning, at 3:13, police received a call to report a potential drink driver. 


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