Latu's licence suspended, fined over drink driving incident

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by Beth Newman

Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has been fined $1300 and suspended from driving for three months over a drink driving incident last month.

Latu was sentenced after pleading guilty to mid-range drink driving and driving with a suspended licence last month.

The court was reportedly told that Latu was found by passers-by asleep at the wheel at the intersection of Cleveland St and Anzac Pde in Sydney's inner-east at 4:30am.

Members of the public reportedly had to break into his vehicle to stop it from rolling into the intersection, with Latu unresponsive.

He recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.135 at the time, a mid-range reading.

Latu could yet face further punishment with Rugby Australia's integrity unit reviewing the sentence on Friday afternoon.

The rake has already been stood down for two games and excluded from a Wallabies camp over the incident but was cleared to play against the Brumbies last weekend.

He was unable to travel with the Waratahs to New Zealand for Friday night's clash with the Highlanders and though coach Daryl Gibson said earlier in the week he expected Latu to be considered for club rugby, NSW confirmed on Friday he would not be playing in the Shute Shield this weekend.

Latu has undergone drink driving education and counselling in the wake of the incident.

NSW Rugby CEO Andrew Hore said the organisation felt Latu was taking steps in the right direction.

“Everyone at NSW Rugby Union is extremely disappointed with Tolu’s actions, but it’s pleasing to see he’s taking steps to address this behaviour through education and counselling,” he said in a statement.