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'Am I getting myself into more trouble?' footage shows how saunders reacted to his arrest.

Byline: CHRIS KNIGHT Reporter

BODYCAM footage taken by an officer shows the moment former Newcastle United coach Dean Saunders was stopped by police - and how he came to refuse to take a breath test.

The 55-year-old TV pundit was sentenced to 10 week imprisonment after the incident on May 10, but has since been granted unconditional bail pending an appeal.

Footage released by the Crown Prosecution Service shows Saunders being pulled over by the police in Chester after "nearly causing a serious accident".

The former Liverpool striker is told his driving was "atrocious" before being asked if he had drunk any alcohol.

Saunders can then be seen raising one finger and telling the officer: "I've had one pint."

He is then escorted from his Audi A8 to the back seat of a police car as an officer comments on how he can "hardly stand up".

The dad-of-three then asks the officer: "Why are you saying I can't stand up?" Later, when Saunders was being booked in at a nearby police station, he asks an officer behind the desk if he is "doing the right thing".

In the video, an officer can be heard explaining to Saunders that he is required to provide a sample or he will be charged with failing to provide one.

He said: "Am I getting myself in more trouble by not doing it?" An officer then said: "It has been explained to you but you have consistently refused to provide a sample." He replied: "No, I haven't consistently refused to do anything. Have I refused to do anything?" The officer wearing the bodycam can then be heard telling Saunders that he can't wait for his lawyer before giving a sample and that his options are to provide one as he waits on representation or be charge with failing to provide.

Saunders is then repeatedly asking "what do you mean?" and "am I not allowed?" Even after it is explained to him multiple times, Saunders then asks the police officer: "Right now? Even though I am waiting for my solicitor?" At the end of the footage, which was captured at 1.40am on May 10, Saunders said: "If I don't do it now, I'm only going to get in more s***."

The officer then replied: "You will be charged with an offence."

Saunders refused to provide a breath sample and was later charged.

After his arrest, Saunders' lawyer claimed that he had only had two pints while at Chester Races on the evening he was arrested.

But he suggested this may have "interacted" with the medication he takes for injury to his knees and his inhaler for his asthma.

After appearing at Chester Magistrates Court, Saunders admitted the charge and was sentenced to 10 weeks behind bars. He was released on bail after serving one day at HMP Altcourse.

An appeal hearing will take place at Chester Crown Court on October 4.

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