Brett Stewart arrested for alleged drink driving
Manly fullback Brett Stewart returned a reading of 0.079 after being pulled over on Sydney's northern beaches.PT0M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36zsx 620 349 April 21, 2014
Manly fullback Brett Stewart has been arrested for allegedly drink driving on Monday morning.
Fairfax Media understands he was drinking at the Hotel Steyne in Manly on Sunday night. The 29-year-old starred for the Sea Eagles in their 26-21 win to North Queensland on Friday night.
Stewart was pulled over at a random breath test on Pittwater Road at Warriewood on Monday morning. Police said the Balgowlah man was arrested and charged with low-range drink driving.
Manly fullback Brett Stewart. Photo: Getty Images
He was arrested and taken to Mona Vale police station about 10am. Stewart allegedly returned a blood-alcohol level of 0.079.
He was released on bail and is expected to appear before Manly Local Court on May 7.
"I had a few drinks last night. I went home, went to bed and got up this morning. I thought I was fine and headed off for some breakfast. I got pulled over and I blew low range," Stewart told News Corp as he left the police station.
"I'm really disappointed this has happened. I had no idea I was over the limit.
"There's no way I would have got behind the wheel if I thought there was a problem."
The Sea Eagles said in a statement that Stewart had failed the test "on the way to a gathering with friends".
Stewart, who played for Australia in 2007, was arrested in 2013 but not charged after a fight with a 21-year-old. It was alleged that Stewart was abused by a patron at The Shark Bar on Manly Corso last January.
He was stood down in 2009 after being charged with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old. Stewart, who was the face of the NRL’s campaign that season, was found not gulity. He denied the allegations that he twice tongue-kissed and inappropriately touched the teen on his way home from a boozy Manly season launch function.