21 Feb 2017

Land Rover drops Carter over drink driving

11:38 am on 21 February 2017

Former All Black Dan Carter has been dropped by sponsor Land Rover after being caught drink driving in France.

Dan Carter

Dan Carter says he is disappointed he put Land Rover in this position Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Carter was reportedly driving with blood alcohol concentration nearly twice the legal limit in Paris last week.

He apologised on Facebook, saying it was an error in judgement.

In a post today, Carter said he and his management had had to "front up" to sponsors.

He said Land Rover "who for good reason have zero tolerance towards drink driving, have ended their relationship with me".

"I understand this completely and am disappointed I put them in this position," he added.

Carter was stopped last Wednesday by police in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, L'Equipe newspaper and other French media reported.

Dan Carter has been dropped as a brand ambassador by Land Rover.

Photo: Facebook

He was not carrying his driver's licence and had a blood alcohol concentration of .98 grams per litre when the limit was .5 grams per litre, they said.

Carter, back in New Zealand on holiday, apologised for his "massive error of judgement" and said he would let the police and court processes run their course and would face the consequences.

The penalty for drink-driving in France ranges from an on-the-spot fine to two years in prison.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs

We have regular online commentary of local and international sport.