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England Rugby star Danny Cipriani has failed in his bid to have his trial thrown out following a drink driving arrest in Fulham .

The fly-half faces a drink driving charge after he was involved in a crash in Imperial Road, on June 1 last year, just hours after he starred in England's win over Barbarians at Twickenham .

He was charged, by Met police , after the test allegedly returned a reading of 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - almost double the legal limit of 35.

'Unjustifiable delay'

But Cipriani's lawyer, Philip Lucas, tried to argue the case should be thrown out because there was an "unjustifiable" delay between his initial breath test, and his second evidential screening test at Hammersmith police station.

The delay meant his blood alcohol level was "rising not falling", according to Mr Lucas.

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It is also claimed that Cipriani believed police wanted to assist him after custody sergeant Marc Pullen had said "let's get this out of the way", the court heard.

But attempts by Cipriani and Mr Lucas to have the case thrown out were on Friday (April 22) dismissed by Senior District Judge Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates Court.

He was bailed until his next hearing on May 26.

Swerving in both directions

Earlier in the week, on Monday (April 18), the court heard how he was swerving his Mercedes in both lanes before crashing into the taxi at around 5.30am.

The court heard that, following a heated row, taxi driver and witness Muhammid Quasim, who claims he suffered multiple injuries after the crash, could smell alcohol on the defendant's breath.

Cipriani, of Raynes Park, Merton, denies one charge of drink driving.

The trial continues.