Zak Hardaker has admitted drink-driving.

The 26-year-old Wigan full-back, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was charged with the offences on September 26.

Prosecutors told Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday he attempted to avoid police officers by taking his car down a cul de sac and running away on foot.

At the time, his club said in a statement: “The player is co-operating with the police investigation. Wigan Warriors will allow the legal process to take its course.”

Hardaker, who is currently serving a 14-month ban from rugby for cocaine use, signed for Wigan in May.

He was thrown out of England’s World Cup squad in 2013 for a breach of discipline and in 2015 agreed to pay £200 in compensation and write a letter of apology to a 22-year-old man under a “community resolution” after admitting assault.