A PREMIER League rising star has been fined after he was caught inhaling laughing gas while driving.
Man City defender Jamal Baptiste, 20, remained stationary at traffic lights in his VW Polo for about a minute after they turned green.
He was seen inhaling the balloons with a pal in Dagenham, East London, on July 7 last year.
He pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and was given six penalty points and a £1,000 fine by magistrates at Bromley, South London.
He also had to pay a £400 victim surcharge plus costs of £110.
It comes a week after The Sun revealed that a Premier League star was receiving rehab treatment for addiction to nitrous oxide.
Baptiste is a former West Ham centre-back once billed as the next Rio Ferdinand by the club’s former striker Carlton Cole.
Last May the club reportedly offered Baptiste a new deal but slashed his wages due to issues off the pitch.
He moved to Man City on a free transfer in September. He is described on the club website as “an athletic and technically gifted defender who featured twice for West Ham while representing England at youth level.”