Adam Rickitt gets drink-driving ban for 650-yard trip to pick up a takeaway

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Adam Rickitt has been banned from driving for 17 months after being over the limit while driving 650 yards for a takeaway. 

The former Coronation Street and Hollyoaks actor, 42, had been working late and drinking in the wine bar he runs when his wife Kate Fawcett asked him to pick up the takeaway for them, according to The Sun. 

Traffic officers stopped his Skoda Yeti car and breathalysed him, finding he was over twice the alcohol limit after drinking two gins and a rum shot while at work. 

Adam admitted drink-driving at Stockport magistrates court and was given a 17-month ban as well as a fine of £230 and £119 in costs and surcharges.

The incident occurred on August 22, five months after he left Hollyoaks when his character Kyle Kelly took his own life, 

Prosecutor Lucy Bridge said, per The Sun: ‘A PC and PCSO on uniformed duty become aware of the green Skoda with its headlights not illuminated. 

‘The officer approached the driver and explained he had been seen to be driving with no lights on. He was invited to sit in the police vehicle and was asked if he’s consumed any alcohol and he’s responded two single gins. 

‘He was asked what time his last drank was and he responded: “two minutes ago.”’

Adam also admitted to having a 65 per cent proof rum shot before getting behind the wheel. 

Tests showed that he had 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, while the limit is 35 micrograms. 

His defence lawyer Victoria Thompson said: ‘He is deeply ashamed to be appearing before the courts and is not someone who’s whatsoever been in trouble. 

‘He’s found the whole process very upsetting and takes full responsibility for his actions. 

‘He owns a bar and had had a difficult day, he’s put most of his savings and spent some time getting it up and running only for Covid to hit and caused a strain.’

She added that his acting work had finished in March and he was currently not working due to the pandemic, relying on the bar for his income. 

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