An arrest warrant has been issued for an “arrogant” drink-driving footballer who police claimed had bragged he was a millionaire.

James Hurst, 26, a full-back who has played for West Bromwich Albion and more recently for Wrexham AFC, failed to turn up for a trial yesterday. He was convicted in his absence of driving a Ford Focus in Wrexham High Street with excess alcohol on December 17 and being drunk and disorderly.

Hurst had previously denied the offences and the prosecution at Llandudno Magistrates Court said he was on bail to appear for the trial. He was unrepresented. Court chairman Ann Dickinson said there was “overwhelming” evidence and said: “We find the case proved beyond reasonable doubt.”

Hurst, of Somerville Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was accused of a breath-alcohol count of 60, the legal limit being 35.

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