Ben Cousins: former AFL star told he could face mandatory jail time

Ex-Eagle Ben Cousins had reportedly handed himself in to Fremantle police. Photo: Rebecca HallasFormer West Coast captain Ben Cousins has been warned he will face a mandatory jail term if he is found guilty of driving offences.
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The troubled star was released on bail, set at $5000, after his court hearing on Thursday afternoon was adjourned until May 13.

He arrived at Fremantle Magistrates Court to face traffic charges after a warrant for his arrest was issued over his failure to show up for an earlier appearance over the same offence.

Cousins handed himself in at Fremantle Police Station on Thursday morning following the warrant, and the magistrate told him on Thursday the offence would carry a mandatory jail term, if found guilty.

Accompanied by a man presumed to be his lawyer, he walked past waiting media into the station without answering questions earlier and again refused to comment when leaving court on Thursday afternoon. Ben Cousins on his way to court after handing himself into police this morning. #perthnewspic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/vLLBfHnCO3 — Grant Wynne (@Grant_Wynne) April 9, 2015

Police say Cousins drove erratically along Preston Point Road on March 11 and was later arrested at the intersection of Gill and Solomon Streets in Mosman Park. At the time, Cousins told police he was attending a family emergency.

He faces three charges including reckless driving, failing to stop and failing to provide a sample of breath.

Following that incident, Cousins was allegedly detained inside the perimeter fences of Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, the home of the elite Special Air Service Regiment, and was again detained by police in Canning Vale after an incident at a Sikh temple.

Cousins was admitted to hospital several times after the incidents to assess his mental health, as he continues to battle a drug addiction. Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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