South West Wales

Matthew Stevens: Snooker player's one year ban for drink-driving

Matthew Stevens
Image caption Matthew Stevens is currently ranked 14th in world snooker

Snooker player Matthew Stevens has been banned from driving for a year after being caught drink-driving.

Stevens, 35, from Carmarthen, was stopped by police and failed a breath test as he drove home in his Mercedes.

Former UK and Masters champion Stevens was found to have 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Stevens admitted the offence and magistrates at Llanelli also fined him £400.

Gareth Jones, defending, said "He has worked hard and shouldn't be unduly punished because he's been successful in the past.

"His punishment will be his disqualification, which will cost him a significant amount of money."

Stevens is currently ranked 14th in the world.

He has been runner-up in the World Snooker Championship twice after reaching the final in 2000 and 2005.