London: Former Jamaica striker Marlon King has been handed an 18-month jail sentence for dangerous driving.

Marlon King
Marlon King 

The 34-year-old caused a three-car smash-up on the A46 in Nottinghamshire in April last year, which left one of the drivers involved nursing a broken arm, reports CMC.

King, who pleaded guilty in March to the charge of dangerous driving, was also banned from driving for three years. "I do not regard your case as merely impulsive or silly behaviour.

It was aggressive. It was arrogant," said Judge Paul Mann. The court heard that King had been weaving in and out of traffic before proceeding to overtake a Volkswagen Polo driven by Martin Beck, on the inside lane. King braked suddenly, forcing Beck to perform an emergency stop.

Slam bang
A third car then slammed into the Polo. King drove off but was called back to the scene by a witness. Beck had to be cut from the car and air-lifted to hospital. Reports said Beck underwent surgery for a broken arm and spent three weeks in hospital.

King is no stranger to the courts, having served an 18-month sentence in 2009 for sexual assault. He was also imprisoned in 2002 for handling a stolen vehicle.