Chris Tarrant found guilty of drink-driving
Chris Tarrant has been found guilty of drink-driving.
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host was fined £6,000 fine and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Reading Magistrates’ Court today (January 18), after admitting to being over the legal limit while driving his Mercedes on 16 December in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Chris was reported to the police by a member of the public and was found with 50 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.
The 71-year-old presenter’s agent Paul Vaughan said in a statement that Chris had “enjoyed a single drink and something to eat” before leaving the pub “in a sober state.”
He added: “Once he was at home, as he was not to drive himself again that day, he freely admits he drank a quantity of alcohol – some brandy and later some wine.
“Having been at home for some time, he was called upon by a police officer who approached him outside his house and required him, following information received by a member of the public, to take a breath test. This test proved positive and he was formally arrested and taken to the Newbury Police Station.
“Mr Tarrant was not stopped by police at the roadside, nor was he given a roadside breath test – nor is there any allegation by police that his driving fell below standard.
“Indeed, they did not witness the journey.”