Newcastle United footballer Joelinton has arrived at court this morning to face a drink-driving charge.

The 26-year-old, of Ponteland, was pulled over at about 1:20am on Thursday, 12 January, Northumbria Police said

The Brazilian star was charged with driving while above the prescribed limit for alcohol.

Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira is appearing before magistrates in Newcastle today.

Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira of Ponteland was pulled over at 1:20am on  Thursday, 12, January Northumbria Police said

Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira of Ponteland was pulled over at 1:20am on  Thursday, 12, January Northumbria Police said

Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira of Ponteland was pulled over at 1:20am on  Thursday, 12, January Northumbria Police said

The 26-year-old is appearing in Newcastle Magistrates Court today

The 26-year-old is appearing in Newcastle Magistrates Court today

The 26-year-old is appearing in Newcastle Magistrates Court today

Earlier this month, Northumbria Police said: ‘Shortly before 1.20am today, officers pulled over a vehicle in the Ponteland Road area of Newcastle and arrested the occupant.

‘Joelinton Cassio, 26, of Ponteland, has since been charged with driving whilst above the prescribed limit for alcohol. 

‘He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle on January 26.’

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