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Fremantle suspend Jason Carter after he was caught drink-driving in Spearwood

Fremantle suspend Jason Carter after he was caught drink-driving in Spearwood

Fremantle’s Jason Carter has been suspended for five matches after the defender was caught drink driving in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It’s the second time the Fremantle Next Generation Academy product has been in hot water in 2020, after he was busted partying during the State’s strict COVID-19 laws in April.

In a statement, the Dockers confirmed Carter was stopped by police in Spearwood around 1am on Sunday.

Fremantle CEO Simon Garlick said the club was disappointed in Carter’s behaviour, and would order the 20-year-old to undergo alcohol counselling.

“Jason put the lives of other road users and himself at risk by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol,” Garlick said

“As a club, we believe it is important to hold this type of behaviour to account.

“Therefore, the club has determined that Jason will be suspended for five games, be required to step away from the club during that time and also undertake an alcohol counselling and education program.

“Jason is a young man who has clearly made a poor decision but can learn from this experience.

“The club will continue to work with Jason and his management to ensure he is provided with the appropriate amount of guidance and support during this time.”

The AFL has determined no COVID-19 protocols were breached by the latest incident.

Back in April, Carter and teammates Luke Ryan and Michael Frederick were caught partying in a video shared on social media.

While WA Police concluded the players had done nothing wrong, Ryan and Carter were fined $3000 each by the Dockers, with $2000 of that suspended, and both forced to undertake community service.

At the time, Garlick said the players did not adhere to health advice regarding the 1.5m social distancing.

“Our players are not entitled to any dispensation or feel in any way that they can act outside how everyone else in the community is required to behave,” he said.

Carter has played two senior games for the Dockers since becoming the club’s first academy product and the first player from Wyndham to play AFL.

Carter was taken by the Dockers as a category B rookie following the 2018 national drafts.

He is contracted to the end of 2020.