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Carlton draftee Charlie Curnow remorseful after having licence suspended and being fined

Having had his licence suspended for two years, and been fined $4000, Carlton draftee Charlie Curnow says he has learnt a lesson he "will never forget".

Curnow, 18, was sanctioned by the Geelong Magistrates Court on Friday following an incident in Torquay less than a week before last November's draft, in which the tall forward drove through a stop sign before refusing a breath test.

Contrite: Charlie Curnow
Contrite: Charlie Curnow Photo: Simon Schluter

He pleaded guilty to charges including failing to stop a motor vehicle on request, being drunk in a public place and driving without P-plates displayed.

Having dealt with a wave of negative publicity in the days prior to the draft, Curnow was drafted by the Blues at pick 12, where he joined older brother Ed.

The Blues released a statement after the court's decision, in which the club described Curnow as "extremely remorseful".

Curnow appeared to realise the gravity of his error. "I know I made a horrible mistake and it's something I deeply regret. The court ruling today is a life lesson I will never forget," Curnow said in the release.

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"I messed up, I've let a lot of people down and it's on me to show to my family, my club and my teammates it was a one-off."

The club's football manager Andrew McKay said the Blues would stand by their recruit. "I want to make it clear that this behaviour is not acceptable at the Carlton Football Club," McKay said.

"When we committed to Charlie on draft night we knew we were getting a good person who had made a poor error of judgment.

"Over the pre-season we have taken a proactive approach in providing not only Charlie, but our entire playing group further education and training on alcohol consumption and the effects it can have in the wider community.

"It is an important issue and we will continue to educate all our players."

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