PICTURE: Dan Carter apologises for drink-driving on Facebook

17/02/2017

Former All Black Dan Carter has apologised on Facebook after being caught by police drink-driving in Paris.

"I am sure a lot of you have seen the headlines," Carter wrote.

"No excuses - I made a massive error of judgment and have let down my club, my fans and most importantly my family."

"I will have to now let the police/court process run its course and face the consequences. I am just glad no one was harmed. Sorry."

The apology has gained thousands of reactions and hundreds of comments in the first 20 minutes since it was posted.

Most comments praise Carter for apologising, while some have been critical of people pardoning his actions.

In the most popular comment, Wayne Hicks wrote: "While I could never condone drink driving, errors of judgement do happen for all of us & as you say thankfully no one was hurt. Chin up, another life lesson learnt [sic]."

But in the second top comment, Gary McEvoy wrote: "I think your a legend but it worries me that if it wasn't you everyone would have a different attitude.

"It's not your fault everyone is so forgiving but if you weren't famous I can't see so many people being so understanding."

It's been reported the Racing 92 star was almost twice the legal limit when stopped for speeding near the Champs-Elysees on Wednesday night (local time), testing 0.98g/litre of blood. The legal limit is 0.5g/litre.

Closer Magazine reported he had forgotten his driver's licence.

However the former All Black was not required to accompany police but instead allowed to head home. His car was impounded by authorities.

Carter is expected to face a court date.

If convicted, the charge of drink-driving can lead to a fine of up to €4500 (NZ$6647) and a motorist can lose their licence.

Carter is in the second season of a stint at Racing 92.

The 34-year-old shifted to France following the 2015 World Cup where he played a starring role, ending his record-breaking career at 112 Tests.