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SKY SPORTS NEWS PRESENTER BANNED FOR DRINK-DRIVING

08 Sep 2011


Television presenter Georgie Thompson banned from driving for 19 months

after pleading guilty to drink-driving.










33-year-old Sky Sports News anchor Georgie Thompson was stopped outside her west London home in the early hours last Thursday after pranging her Porsche whilst attempting to park.

A police officer arrested her after noticing she had "glazed eyes" and was "slurring her speech".  

She was found to be over twice the legal limit for driving.

Thompson pleaded guilty to the charge of drink-driving at West London Magistrates Court, where she was also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine and a further £100 in costs.

She had stayed at a friend's house in Hampshire on the evening of Sunday August 21 and returned to her Chelsea home in her Porsche Cayman at 2.30am the following morning.

When breathalysed, she was found to have 76 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - more than double the legal limit.

The presenter had recently split from celebrity boyfriend Declan Donnelly, famous for his Ant and Dec double act.

Outlining the case against her, prosecutor Brinkman May said: "A police officer on duty was driving along Fulham Road, and he was aware of a car approaching from behind, and he noticed that the car was driving at speed."

The lawyer said the officer followed her for about 20m before she stopped in a No Parking area, then sped across the road.

He said: "She tried to reverse park, but hit another car, causing it to move.

"The officer decided to speak to the driver.

"She explained she had just travelled back from a friend's in Hampshire.

"He noticed that her eyes were glazed and speech slightly slurred."

The prosecutor said the presenter was taken to a nearby police station, where she cooperated fully.

In mitigation, Martyn Levett said the star had worked in broadcasting for 10 years and was a "sensible and reliable person".

Deputy district judge Robert Morgan-Jones disqualified Thompson from driving for 19 months, but said it could be reduced by four months if she attended a drink-driving course.

As the sentence was read out, Ms Thompson folded her arms.  When asked if she understood, she replied: "Absolutely."


Source: The Telegraph