Ex-Eagles captain Cousins charged again

Former West Coast Eagles star Ben Cousins has been charged after allegedly being caught driving recklessly and refusing to give a breath test.


Police did not name Cousins as the offender, but confirmed a 36-year-old Bicton man was arrested at 10.30pm on Wednesday.

The AFL premiership player was allegedly seen driving erratically on Preston Point Rd and did not stop when requested by police.

Cousins was eventually caught at the intersection of Gill and Solomon streets in Mosman Park.

Channel 7 has footage of Cousins leaving Fremantle Police Station.

Reporter Monique Dirksz told Fairfax radio on Thursday that Cousins ran red lights at very slow speeds, and told police over the phone that he could not stop because he had a family emergency.

The Brownlow medallist and former Eagles captain has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to comply with a requirement to provide a sample of breath for analysis.

He is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on April 8.

It is just over a year since the midfielder’s last brush with the law, when a drug charge against him was dropped.

His lawyer said at the time that a trace amount of drugs was found in the boot of a car that Cousins was driving in October 2013, but he did not own the vehicle or the drugs.

Cousins fell from grace following a string of off-field incidents and substance abuse problems.

The father of two was suspended for one year by the AFL in 2007 for bringing the game into disrepute before making a comeback with Richmond. He retired in 2010.