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Bracewell pleads guilty to drink-driving

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

Doug will be sentenced next month under the provisions for offenders who have two or more previous drink-driving convictions. © Theron Kirkman/AP Images Doug will be sentenced next month under the provisions for offenders who have two or more previous drink-driving convictions. Black Caps cricketer Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty to drink-driving after being caught at the wheel in Hawke's Bay more than three times over the legal breath-alcohol limit.

The 26-year-old bowler was pulled over on March 18 in Haumoana and found to have a breath-alcohol reading of 783 micrograms per litre of breath.

The legal limit is 250 micrograms.

Bracewell appeared at Hastings District Court on Thursday on charges of drink-driving and careless driving and pleaded guilty to the former charge.

The latter charge of careless driving was withdrawn.

He will be sentenced next month under the provisions for offenders who have two or more previous drink-driving convictions.

Bracewell said in a statement that he regretted his error of judgement and took full responsibility for his behaviour.

"I made a massive mistake by driving that evening and apologise unreservedly for my actions," Bracewell said.

"I'm deeply embarrassed to have let down so many people - be they family, friends or cricket lovers."

New Zealand Cricket boss David White said the game's organising body took a very dim view of Bracewell's actions but wouldn't hand down its own penalty until the end of his legal proceedings.

Bracewell has made 27 Test appearances for New Zealand, taking 72 wickets, as well as 14 ODIs and T20 internationals apiece.

He has not played for his country in any format since last year's tour of India.

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