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Drink-drive charge Swann ‘was rescuing cat’

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England cricketer Graeme Swann has told a court he was popping out to buy screwdrivers to help rescue his cat when he was arrested for drink-driving.

The star spin bowler said he had been out with friends before returning to his home in West Bridgford, Nottingham to find his cat trapped under the floorboards.

The 31-year-old then got in his white Porsche Cayenne and drove towards a local Asda store when he was pulled over by PC Steven Denniss, Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard.

PC Denniss told the court he initially pulled Swann over because he was driving a high-performance sports car in an area where there had been a spate of burglaries.

"Mr Swann stated he had been out that evening and had come back to find his cat trapped under the floorboards in his house," said PC Denniss, who also told the court Swann initially accelerated before stopping.

"He had gone to Asda to fetch some screwdrivers to remove some floorboards.

"His speech was slightly slurred but he was compliant. He was slightly upset due to the fact of his cat and what had just happened."

PC Denniss said Swann then admitted that he "shouldn't have probably been driving".

A blood test subsequently found Swann had 83mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

The trial continues.

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