A former Premier League footballer, Marlon King, is facing a prison sentence of up to two years after admitting dangerous driving in an incident last year that left a motorist with a broken arm.
The former Watford, Wigan and Sheffield United striker pleaded guilty at Nottingham crown court to the charge. King committed the offence on his 33rd birthday while driving a Porsche Panamera on the A46 in Nottinghamshire on 26 April last year.
The 35-year-old victim was airlifted to hospital after the collision in Winthorpe, near Newark. King, of Torksey, Lincolnshire, was due to go on trial after pleading not guilty to the charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing. However, King changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday morning.
King is currently without a club after he was released by the League One side Sheffield United in December. The Jamaica international’s previous clubs include Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, Coventry and Birmingham.
At Nottingham crown court on Tuesday, Judge Nigel Godsmark QC told King he would adjourn sentencing for a pre-sentence report.
Defending King, Charles Langley asked that “alternatives” be looked at to an immediate custodial sentence. Dangerous driving carries a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment. 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.