2015 is upon us and already the NRL’s brand has been tarnished, with news that promising Canterbury Bulldogs centre Jacob Loko was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
Early this morning in Manly, Loko was travelling in his car without any headlights and when pulled over and subsequently breath tested, he returned a reading of 0.189.
As a result, he was arrested and will face court for drink driving.
A Police statement read:
“About 1:15am today (Friday 2 January 2014), police stopped a black Nissan Murano on Whistler Street, Manly, after it was observed travelling without any headlights on.
Police performed an RBT on the driver of the car – a 22-year old man from Belmore – and it returned a positive result. The man was taken to Dee Why Police Station and underwent a breath analysis which returned a reading of 0.189.
The man was issued with a field court attendance notice for high range drink driving. He is scheduled to appear at Manly Local Court on February 26 2015.”
The Bulldogs have now released a statement that reads as follows:
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs can confirm that Jacob Loko has today been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after he was pulled over in Manly at 1.15am.
The club finds Lokoâ€™s actions unacceptable and the incident will be dealt with under the player Code of Conduct and the punishment applied will be completed in consultation with the NRL Integrity Unit.
Loko has been issued with a court appearance notice for Thursday, 26 February.
The club will make further comment once Loko has appeared in court.