Ashley Westwood signed with Kettering Town in July 2010
The Kettering Town footballer and former captain Ashley Westwood has been prosecuted for assaulting a police officer.
Northampton magistrates heard that Westwood's car was seen jumping a red light in Northampton on 25 April 2010.
At trial he was found guilty of the offences. He had also pleaded guilty to refusing to take a breath test.
Westwood was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work and was banned from driving for one year.
Three points have been put on his driving licence and he has been ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £700.
The offences took place 10 weeks before Westwood signed with Kettering Town.
The court was told that police officers had seen Westwood's Ford Galaxy car jumping the lights at the Barnes Meadow roundabout in Northampton.
Westwood told the officers he had "got his timings wrong".
The police thought they could smell alcohol on his breath. When Westwood tried to start the engine of his car, one officer warned him: "Don't do anything silly."
The court heard that it was then that Westwood elbowed a police officer in the face. No injury was caused and the police accepted it was a reckless assault and not intentional.
Westwood was taken to a police station where he refused a breath test and declined to answer questions.
Upon leaving court Westwood declined to talk to journalists. There has so far been no comment from Kettering Town Football Club.
Westwood is a former Manchester United trainee who was signed to Kettering Town from Wrexham in July 2010.
He has also played for Crewe Alexandra, Bradford City, Sheffield Wednesday, Northampton Town, Chester City, Swindon Town, Port vale and Stevenage.