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Phillips Idowu of Crossing Road in Epping has been banned from driving for two years
Olympic athlete Phillips Idowu has had his licence suspended after admitting drink-driving.
Triple jumper Idowu pleaded guilty to driving with two-and-a-half times the legal amount in his system this morning.
Idowu, 34, of Crossing Road, Epping, was given a 12-month community order and banned from driving for two years at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
As he passed sentence, chair of the bench, Jeremy Batchelor, told Idowu: "I don't think we need to tell you how seriously the courts take this offence."
Idowu, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and a World Championship Gold in Berlin the following year, was stopped at about 9.30am on September 20 driving his Range Rover in Bridge Hill, Epping.
He had been out the previous evening drinking with friends and "smelled of alcohol" when spoken to by police, prosecutor Angela Hughes told the court.
She said a breath test then proved positive and he was arrested.
He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work.
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