Marlon King admits dangerous driving

Marlon King leaving court on Tuesday
Image caption Marlon King is due to be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court in May

A former Premier League footballer has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after a three-car crash left a man with a fractured elbow.

Ex-Birmingham City striker Marlon King, 33, was driving a Porsche on the A46 in Nottinghamshire when the crash happened nearly a year ago.

The injured man, aged 35, was airlifted to hospital following the collision at Winthorpe, near Newark, on 26 April.

The footballer will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court in May.

Jamaican international King, whose previous clubs include Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, Watford, Wigan, Coventry City, Hull City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, and most recently Sheffield United, was due to go on trial on Tuesday morning after pleading not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

However, the footballer, who now lives in Torksey, Lincolnshire, changed his plea to guilty.

Judge Nigel Godsmark QC told King he would adjourn sentencing for a pre-sentence report.

'No promises'

Defending King, Charles Langley asked for "alternatives" to jail be looked at.

The charge of dangerous driving carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

Ordering an interim driving ban, the judge told King he would make "no promises".

King, who was granted unconditional bail, will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on 2 May.

King was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and causing actual bodily harm at a bar in London in 2008.

He was jailed for 18 months and sacked by Wigan Athletic.

In 2002, while playing for Gillingham, he received a prison sentence for handling a stolen car.

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Image caption King has scored 150 league goals

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