Former Warrington forward banned from driving after being ‘intoxicated’

Ex-Warrington Wolves forward Ben Harrison has been banned from driving after being ‘intoxicated’ with painkillers as he took to the wheel.

The 33-year-old played for the Wolves between 2006 and 2016 after coming through the club’s academy system, but South Cumbria Magistrates Court has banned Harrison for a year from the road and handed him a £600 fine.

Harrison had taken Pregablin which had been prescribed to him a result of continuous injuries suffered whilst playing rugby league.

The former Warrington man was said to be ‘slurring his words’ as the police found him.

Defending, Andy Gallagher told the court: “An unfortunate situation arises here.

“Mr Harrison has had a long and distinguished professional rugby career.

“Being a forward, he has suffered many injuries and had many operations.

“He describes developing something of a tolerance to painkillers.”

Mr Gallagher added that his client had ‘topped up’ his prescribed dose of the drug, adding: “He had played the night before and took a few more than ordinarily would’ve been the case.”

Harrison has since come out of retirement for Barrow Raiders after winning the Challenge Cup three times during his Warrington career.

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