Sam Burgess pleads guilty to three driving charges after testing positive for cocaine

Former NRL star Sam Burgess has pleaded guilty to three driving charges after being pulled over by police and testing positive for cocaine on the Hume Highway in February.

Burgess was charged with driving without a license and using an unregistered vehicle after he was pulled over on February 22 while driving in the Southern Highlands.

Sam Burgess has pleaded guilty to three driving charges. Credit:Rhett Wyman

He tested positive for cocaine roadside and underwent a secondary saliva test which also came back positive. He was subsequently handed a drug-driving charge.

The former Rabbitohs captain attended Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to all three charges.

In an attempt to get his sentence lessened, lawyer Bryan Wrench said his client had faced a lot of difficulty in recent months and had undergone a residential court rehabilitation program.

Mr Wrench said his client had also participated in a hair test and provided clean urine tests before and after the charges in an effort to prove the drug-taking was not a matter of “systemic conduct”.

“There has also been a number of media reports that he’s been under the influence, which is not true, only trace amounts were found,” Wrench said in court.

Magistrate Mark Douglass said Mr Burgess’ history did not assist him in having the sentence lessened.

He is set to be sentenced this afternoon.

More to come.

What in the World

A note direct from our foreign correspondents about what’s making headlines around the world. Sign up for our weekly newsletter here. 

Most Viewed in Sport

From our partners

Source: Read Full Article