Darron Gibson has pleaded guilty to a drink driving charge..
The St Patrick's Day incident in Sunderland, England, followed another serious collision in 2015 when his vehicle hit three cyclists who were fixing a wheel on the pavement.
When the former Everton and Manchester United player was formally tested again at the police station, he was found to have 95 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml and was charged using that lower figure.
His grey 4x4 ended up on the pavement and the road was strewn with debris.
The police were called as Gibson's Mercedes came to a rest on the pavement, and although he told them he had only had a couple of drinks, officers said his speech was slurred and that he smelt of alcohol.
Speaking about sentencing, Mr Randall said: "We feel this aggravates it into the custody band".
A court was told the midfielder, who was on his way to meet colleagues at Sunderland's training ground, repeatedly struck parked cars on Dovedale Road, in Fulwell.
Sunderland terminated Darron Gibson's contract following the crash.
The Derry native appeared in South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday having been charged with being over the drink-driving limit on St. Patrick's Day.