It was at 6.05am on January 23 that police were called to an accident at a car park in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
When they arrived, they saw a luxury blue SL500 Mercedes in a swimming pool car park. The car was dragging a lamppost.
When the driver, Jermaine Pennant, got out, his eyes were glazed, his speech slurred and he smelled of alcohol. When asked by the officers who he was, he gave the name Ashley Cole (Arsenal and England full back).
A breath test found he was almost two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit. Pennant was also found to be in breach of a driving ban imposed 11 months earlier after he was spotted travelling in the wrong lane in Paddington, west London.
Pennant, the Arsenal and former England Under-21 star who is on loan at Birmingham City until the end of the season, pleaded guilty at last month's hearing at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court to charges of drink driving, driving while disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance.
Yesterday, he was jailed for three months despite the pleas of his solicitor that a custodial sentence could end his career.
Mary Clouston, prosecuting, said the 22 year-old, of Barnet, London, had spent the evening at the Embassy Bar in London, drinking four glasses of wine.
He got back to his Barnet home at 4.30am and spoke to his girlfriend on the phone, arranging to see her in Bristol since he was not in the Arsenal squad that day.
The court heard the Mercedes' satellite navigational system directed him to go to Bristol via Aylesbury.
Pennant was trying to work the satellite navigation when he lost control of the car and crashed into the lamp post.
He gave a false name at first because he was scared, the court heard.
Barry Warburton, defending, said Pennant had never been in trouble during a difficult childhood in Nottingham.
Mr Warburton said he grew up on "one of the worst estates" in the city, the eldest of four children, and brought up the three others from when his mother left until he was 15.
Pennant had only " intermittent" schooling, the court heard. "When he left school and arrived at Arsenal FC, he had very little reading and writing skills.
"They have in fact educated him," Mr Warburton said.
The footballer scored a hat trick on his full Premiership debut for Arsenal against Southampton in May 2003.
Mr Warburton added that Pennant believed he was safe to drive again after his disqualification because his aunt Diana had read a letter from the DVLA to him and told him this was so.
The lawyer also told the court that Pennant had made only 24 appearances for the Arsenal senior team and was frustrated at not being able to play. Adding that the star had a low risk of reoffending, he said imprisonment "could completely destroy his career".