Ex Corrie star Adam Rickitt handed 17 month driving ban after drink-driving

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Former Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt has been handed a 17 month driving ban after he was caught drink driving.

The 42 year old actor, who played Nick Tilsely on the ITV soap, was caught drink-driving on Saturday 22 August, after working and drinking in the wine bar he runs, called Dexter and Jones bar in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Adam was later stopped in his Skoda Yeti car after he collected a takeaway less than 450 yards away from his bar.

Traffic officers then breathalysed him and the former soap star, who also had a role in Hollyoaks, and he was found to move more than twice over the legal alcohol intake limit.

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Adam had drunk two gins and a shot of rum while working at the wine bar.

He has now admitted to drink driving in a hearing at Stockport magistrates court and was handed a 17 month driving ban and given a fine of £230 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and surcharges.

Prosecutor Lucy Bridge said: “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 then waited 15 minutes for the test, during which time he said: “I know I will probably be over the limit I had a 65 per cent rum shot prior to driving.”

The test found Adam had 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

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Actor Adam’s 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.

“He is also known as he’s an actor but that work ended for him in March and there is no acting work at the moment because of the situation with Covid.

“That work has all but dried up for him and he is relying solely on his bar to keep him afloat.

“He’s only receiving £1,000 a month, a modest income and anything he does have is going back into the bar.

“He offers a takeaway service so he’s doing everything he can to work on that for him and his family.”

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