Chris Tarrant banned for drink-driving

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Radio announcer and TELEVISION presenter Chris Tarrant was found to be over the drink drive limit after it was reported to the police by a fellow pub-goer.

The star had served four brandy and port at the Bladebone Inn in Bucklebury, Berkshire, before driving home, the Reading of the Judges of the Court heard.

Tarrant, who admitted drink-driving, was banned from driving for a year.

After the hearing, he told reporters: “I made a mistake and I paid for it. I do not have driven.”

The Who Wants to be a Millionaire host is found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

At the age of 71, he said that “honestly, I don’t think that” he had been over the legal limit when he got into his Mercedes to drive the short trip back home, the 16 of December.’Stumbled near the bar

Fiscal Hasrat Ali told the audience that the staff and the drinkers in the pub is “concerned that he had decided to take home”.

“One of the members of the public had been aware that Mr Tarrant had fallen near the bar area,” she said.

As a result of a discussion at the bar, a member of the public called the police.

Thirteen minutes after the call, the officers arrived at Tarrant house in Osgoods Gully, Bucklebury.

Ms Ali said: “he said that He had only drank three glasses of wine just before the police arrive.”

But the court was informed by Ms Ali that, after failing a breath test and be taken to the police station, Tarrant, “gave a different version of the events in the sense that there was three glasses of wine he had drunk, which in fact had a large glass of brandy and a glass of wine.”

Tarrant’s lawyer Simon Ray said that the drinks bought in the pub were not consumed by the customer.

He added that the TV presenter had a knee condition that explains the stumble.

The district Judge Shomon Khan said that despite the relatively low reading” nothing he could say would be to “reduce the gravity of the infringement”.

He is also a fine of Tarrant 6,000 pounds.