DRINK-DRIVING: Parramatta could sack Peni Terepo (right) over an incident in New Zealand.
DRINK-DRIVING: Parramatta could sack Peni Terepo (right) over an incident in New Zealand. MICK TSIKAS

Terepo stood down after drink-driving charge

NRL: Parramatta forward Peni Terepo has been stood down indefinitely and faces the prospect of being sacked after failing to inform the club about a drink-driving incident in Auckland in early January.

During sentencing at Auckland District Court on January 20, the court heard that Terepo drove drunk on January 8 before crashing and being thrown into the windscreen.

When police arrived, the 25-year-old was asked to give a blood alcohol reading and refused.

As a result, Terepo has pleaded guilty to careless, drunken driving and refusing to give a blood alcohol test.

The Tongan international has been fined $500 and $130 in court costs, while he has been disqualified him from driving for seven months.

More seriously, though, Terepo faces the prospect of the sack after failing inform Parramatta about his drunken incident.

The Eels only discovered the indiscretion when they read a report about the court hearing on the New Zealand Herald website on Friday morning.

This prompted the club to approach Terepo, who confirmed the incident, before the Eels notified the NRL Integrity Unit.

The Tongan international must now face the Parramatta board next week to explain his actions.

Terepo has a relatively clean record, which will be taken into consideration by Parramatta, but his playing future is on shaky ground.

Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr said the club will make a formal decision on Terepo's future after meeting with him next week.

"The club is extremely disappointed with Peni's behaviour and we regard what's taken place as extremely serious," Gurr said.

"Upon learning of Peni's conviction, we have immediately alerted the NRL Integrity Unity this morning and emphasised that no club official was aware of this incident.

"Peni has been stood down from all official club duties effective immediately and will also not be considered for selection in our Auckland Nines squad.

"We will be making no further comment until we speak with Peni early next week and receive his comments."

Community Magistrate Leigh Langridge said Terepo, who was supported in court by his mum, was "significantly intoxicated".

Terepo's lawyer gave an early guilty plea in the hope of dealing with the matter quickly.

"He made an error of judgment and is truly remorseful for what he has done," she said.

Terepo has played 74 NRL games for Parramatta since he debuted during the 2013 season