Thursday, April 20, 2006

DaMarcus Beasley charged with drunk driving in Netherlands...

from the AP

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been charged with drunken driving, prosecutors in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven said Thursday.

Beasley, a forward with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, will have his case heard Friday.
If convicted, Beasley will be asked to pay a $680 fine, said prosecution spokeswoman Astrid Buijs. She said there was a possibility Beasley could be banned from driving in the Netherlands.

The charge arose from an incident Jan. 17, local media reported.

PSV spokesman Pedro Salazar said he was unaware of the
charge but the club "fully supports" Beasley. Salazar added that Beasley unavailable for comment.

This isn't the first time the 23-year-old Beasley has had a run-in with Dutch authorities.
Last October, he reached an out-of-court settlement with the justice ministry after failing to declare several items at customs after returning from a trip to the United States.

Beasley, whose contract with PSV runs to 2008, has scored 10 goals in 56 games in the Dutch league, and four goals in 12 matches in the Champions League.


I personally enjoy that he either pays $700 or he loses his right to drive. Isn't that a bit ... one extreme to the other? Pay a small fine, never drive here again.


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