Football star admits 135mph road race

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A Leeds United footballer who was caught taking part in a 135mph road race in his Porsche while over the drink-drive limit has been ordered to do 100 hours of community service, fined £1,500 and banned from driving for two years.

Seth Johnson, 24, had more than twice the legal alcohol level in his blood when he was stopped on the M62 near Bradford, Dewsbury magistrates' court was told.

An unmarked police car had followed Johnson's Porsche and a Mini Cooper involved in a game of high-speed chase on the motorway for seven miles on 21 August. The speeds of the vehicles ranged from 100mph to a maximum of 135mph, and officers watched as they repeatedly swapped lanes and overtook each other.

Johnson pulled over for the police, and told officers: "I know I've been stupid."

The midfield player, from Linton, near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, admitted speeding and drink-driving. He produced a breath-test reading of 83 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Johnson, who has played for England, was signed by Leeds for £7m from Derby in 2001.