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Sky presenter Kirsty Gallacher gets two year ban for drunk driving

Kirsty GallacherKirsty Gallacher admitted a charge of drunk-driving and was banned from driving for two years by magistrates in Slough earlier this week. The court heard that the 41-year-old presenter for Sky Sports had been spotted in Eton and was weaving about in her BMW X4.

Police tracked the BMW X4 with the aid of CCTV and breathalysed the driver. Ms Gallacher’s blood-alcohol level was triple the legal limit for driving. The test showed a level of 106 micrograms in 100ml of breath. The permitted limit in the UK is 35 micrograms for every 100ml of breath.

In defence, Jennifer Dempster said her client had been drinking on the night before she was breathalysed on the 12 August. She added that Ms Gallacher did not take a drink alcohol very often and had got a taxi home after the night’s drinks.

The lawyer explained that the TV star had unintentionally driven while still over the legal limit. She had picked up her car and been en route to Windsor Castle to meet up with her children when she was arrested in Eton.

Passing sentence, judge Davinder Lachhar noted that the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was extremely high. The judge said this made the offence all the more serious.

In addition to the driving ban, Gallacher was ordered to pay a total £170 in costs and do 100 hours of community service work. She was also given the option of getting a six-month reduction on the two-year ban by doing a driver’s safety course.

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