Rugby.  Former All Black Carl Hayman convicted of high blood alcohol level while driving

Rugby. Former All Black Carl Hayman convicted of high blood alcohol level while driving

Since the end of his career, former All Blacks pillar Carl Hayman (42 years) has not only turned in the water. (© Icon Sports)

Sometimes the end of a professional career, synonymous with small deaths of athletes, turns into a nightmare. As is the former All Blacks right-back Carl Hayman (age 42), passed by Toulon as a player (156 games from 2010 to 2015) then by Pavel as forwards coach (2016-2018). In May 2019, he was sentenced to a 4-month suspended prison sentence by the Pau Criminal Court for domestic violence, acknowledging “an alcohol problem at the end of his career as a professional player”.

Alcohol addiction, which he still hasn’t solved. According to the New Zealand media, indeed thingsthree-time European champion (2013, 2014 and 2015) and French champion (2014) with RCT, also five-time Tri Nations winner with the All Blacks (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) was recently convicted of drink driving after being stopped by South Taranaki police with rateblood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

More than 2 grams of alcohol per liter of blood

The former New Zealand international, who was struggling with early-onset dementia, which he went public with last year, as well as depression following the death of his mother, told police he was “in a bad place” when he was caught driving with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit .

He was caught drink-driving in South Taranaki on October 18. The 42-year-old former prop man arrested by police “showed signs of recent alcohol consumption” when he spoke to officers. After taking the breath test, the result came back 1016 micrograms of alcohol per liter of air expressed (1.016 g/l), i.e. almost 2 grams of alcohol per liter of blood. In New Zealand, the legal limit is 250 microgrammes of alcohol per liter of breath (0.25g/l) or more than 50 milligrams of alcohol (0.5g/l) in blood. While in France the legal limit is set at 0.5 g/l above 0.8 g/l is considered an offence.

Hayman pleaded guilty to a drink-driving charge the next day when he appeared in Hāwera District Court. The sentence, imposed by Judge Noel Sainsbury, included a $1,000 (€998) fine and a requirement to wear an alcohol ignition interlock device. In 2019, Hayman admitted he had a drinking problem when he was given a 4-month suspended prison sentence for domestic violence in Pau. In 2020 he returned to live in Taranaki and bought Chaddy’s Charters tourism business in New Plymouth.

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