By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
A court in Freiburg, Germany, on Tuesday fined Telekom’s Jan Ullrich two-and-a-half month’s salary over a drunk driving incident that occurred earlier this spring.
Ullrich was found guilty of driving his Porsche 911 under the influence of alcohol when he backed into a bike rack and hit a roadside curb after leaving a restaurant in Freiburg on the evening of April 30. Police also cited the 1997 Tour de France winner for leaving the scene of an accident.
German courts often base driving penalties on a defendant’s income. In Ullrich’s case he will have to pay an amount equal to 70 days of his salary and surrender his driver’s license for a year.
Ullrich, who was not available for comment following the court’s decision, had already publicly admitted his culpability in the matter on his website.
“I made a mistake,” wrote Ullrich, who has ruled himself out of this year’s Tour after having to undergo surgery on a troubled knee.
“I take responsibility for it and accept all the consequences. I’m relieved that no one was injured and I will be taking care of the damages (estimated at 1700 euros).”
Ullrich hopes to resume competition in September in the Vuelta a España. While his contract with Telekom runs until 2003, Ullrich has said that he hopes to hopes also to compete at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and win at least one more grand tour before he retires.