Hull KR have this afternoon issued a statement on player Bradley Takairangi’s future at the club after he was sentenced for drink driving and dangerous driving earlier today.
Taikarangi was handed a suspended 12 month prison sentence and ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work after driving the wrong way down the A63 and crashing head-on into a police vehicle. The club has now issued a statement on the rugby league center’s future and say he is now available for selection.
The statement reads: “Hull KR can confirm Hull Crown Court has today sentenced Brad Takairangi to a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 2 years and 300 hours community service for serious driving offences. The club have also undertaken and concluded an internal disciplinary procedure and Brad is now available for selection if, and when required.
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“The club are satisfied that Brad understands the gravity of this one off incident and its potential consequences on an otherwise exemplary record, that he is genuinely remorseful and is keen to make reparation through his work in the community. The club do not condone anti- social behavior of any kind, and the steps taken by the court and club today reflect that. Neither the club or player will comment further on the matter. “
Australian-born Takairangi, 32, of Anlaby, admitted dangerous driving and drink-driving while in a Mercedes A200 on the A63 dual carriageway on January 2. Sam Sharp, prosecuting, said that two reports were received by police at 1.55am about a driver who was traveling westbound at speed on the eastbound dual carriageway in the area of the Daltry Street flyover, Hull. One driver had to take evasive action.
Police were sent out in the Melton area to where Takairangi was last seen on the eastbound carriageway. He was spotted on the wrong side of the road driving at 60 to 70mph. His car di lui hit the police vehicle head-on and a roadside breath sample showed alcohol content more than two times above the legal limit.
The police officer in the vehicle hit head-on suffered an injured left knee and had been left also suffering pain and pins and needles. He had also needed weekly counseling to be able to cope with the memory of the head-on collision.
Takairangi received a one-year suspended prison sentence and 300 hours’ unpaid work, the maximum that can be imposed. He will have to make himself available for coaching young people in the nine local rugby league clubs that are in the Hull and East Riding area. The work will also have to be extra to any coaching that he already does.
A compensation order of £ 2,000 was also made, which Takairangi will have to pay the police officer. The rugby league player is also banned from driving for two years and will have to pass an extended driving test before he can drive again.