Marlon King court casePA


Ex-Premier League footballer Marlon King has been jailed for 18 months after causing a pile-up on the A46 near Newark in Nottinghamshire that left one man needing three weeks of hospital treatment.

The former Watford and Wigan striker was driving his high-powered Porsche in April last year, when witnesses claim he was 'weaving' in and out of traffic on the dual carriageway before he undertook a VW Polo.

King initially denied the charge but admitted to dangerous driving shortly before the trial was due to commence at Nottingham Crown Court in March.

Sentencing King, Recorder Paul Mann QC said: "I do not regard your case as merely impulsive or silly behaviour. It was aggressive. It was arrogant," according to the BBC.

Onlookers said King undertook Martin Beck's VW Polo because he considered he was 'driving too slowly'. The ex-footballer then slammed on his brakes in frustration, forcing Mr Beck to perform an emergency stop.

King was also eating an ice cream purchased from McDonald's at the time of the crash, which was so abrupt that a third vehicle smashed into the back of the VW Polo, forcing it into the rear of King's sports car.

According to the BBC report, the footballer drove off, only for a witness to flag him down moments later, thinking Mr Beck had been killed.

The footballer blamed the VW Polo driver for the accident when he returned to the scene, despite Mr Beck suffering a fractured and dislocated forearm that subsequently required weeks of surgery to correct.

King, of Torksey, Lincolnshire, previously served 18 months in prison in 2009 for groping a woman and then breaking her nose in a London club.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, he was also handed a three-year driving ban.