Ex-NRL star Sam Burgess has been hit with a drug-driving charge after secondary saliva test results allegedly came back with a positive result for cocaine.
Police confirmed the additional charge against the 32-year-old who had been due to face court in May for other traffic matters.
Mr Burgess was subjected to a roadside drug test after officers pulled over his BMW X5 on February 22 while he was driving on the Hume Highway in the Southern Highlands village of Braemar.
Sam Burgess had his conviction for intimidating his father-in-law quashed. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
It allegedly tested positive to traces of cocaine.
The retired South Sydney captain was taken to Southern Highlands Police Station where he underwent a secondary oral fluid test.
The sample was then sent for further analysis.
While those results were pending, Mr Burgess was issued with a court attendance notice for driving without a NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle.
Sam Burgess posed for pictures at a nearby pub just hours before the argument with his father-in-law. Picture: Supplied/NCA NewsWireSource:NCA NewsWire
NSW Police have now confirmed he has since been charged with driving a vehicle with an illicit drug present in blood.
“The man was issued a court attendance notice for drive vehicle, resident more than three months – not obtain a licence and use unregistered vehicle, and drive vehicle with illicit drug present in blood,” a spokesperson said.
According to reports Mr Burgess was on his way to collect his two young children from Bowral when he was pulled over.
This latest development comes after Mr Burgess had his conviction for intimidating his father-in-law overturned on appeal after his lawyers accused his ex-wife Phoebe’s family of attempting to sully his name amid a bitter marriage breakdown.
Sam Burgess was originally issued with a court attendance notice for driving without a NSW licence and using an unregistered vehicle. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
District Court Judge Mark Williams in March overturned Mr Burgess’ conviction for threatening Mitchell Hooke — the father of his ex-wife, Phoebe Burgess — during a heated verbal stoush at Mr Hooke’s Southern Highlands estate in October 2019.
Mr Burgess had been convicted a month earlier in Moss Vale Local Court of intimidating Mr Hooke, the former chief executive of the Minerals Council of Australia.
The legal dramas followed an ugly marriage breakdown between Sam and Phoebe.
The Burgesses were married in 2015 but announced their split in 2019, weeks after the pair welcomed their second child William ‘Billy’ Burgess in December, 2018.
Burgess’ lawyer has been contacted for comment.
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