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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Footballer faces jail after chase
Southampton Fabrice Fernandes
Fabrice Fernandes said he regretted his actions
A Premiership footballer is facing jail after admitting driving through nine red lights as he was chased by police.

Southampton winger Fabrice Fernandes drove through a total of nine red traffic lights in London while being chased by a police patrol car.

On Thursday, at London's Southwark Crown Court, the 24-year-old, of Pacific Close, Southampton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

He was released on bail to reappear in court on 6 October for sentencing.

A custodial sentence will be in the mind of the sentencing judge
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith
Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

But he warned the footballer: "I don't want you to think, just because I am putting this case back, that it is not obviously a very serious matter for which a custodial sentence will be in the mind of the sentencing judge."

Outside court Fernandes was asked if he regretted his behaviour.

"Yes," he replied, "I regret."

The French player, who had a number of passengers in his Porsche Cayenne, committed the offence at 0410 GMT on 10 May this year.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said two earlier charges of driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop for a police constable were dealt with as part of the dangerous driving charge.

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