TV star banned from driving after being caught asleep behind the wheel
Published 10/11/2011 | 13:17
My Family star Kris Marshall was today banned from driving after being found by police asleep behind the wheel of his car in a supermarket car park.
The 38-year-old actor, who has also starred in TV adverts for BT, was disqualified for six months by magistrates in Yeovil.
The actor pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to supply a specimen of breath while being the person in charge of a motor vehicle.
Magistrates' Court heard that police found Marshall shortly after midnight on October 1 in a Tesco car park after being alerted by the public.
The actor was discovered with the seat reclined, key in the ignition and the radio on, asleep behind the wheel of his green Jaguar.
The two police officers who woke him up could smell alcohol and Marshall admitted he had been drinking, magistrates were told.
Prosecutor Tim Rutherford said: "His speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed."
Marshall gave a positive breath test and was immediately arrested and taken to Yeovil police station.
Inside the police station the actor failed to supply a second breath test despite making five attempts on the intoxilyzer machine - blaming asthma.
Defence lawyer Richard Hallam told the court that Marshall had been in London that day and had returned by train - drinking a gin and tonic during the journey.
Having collected his car at Castle Cary station, he then drove to Wells town centre and decided to go out for a few drinks and left his car in the Tesco car park.
"He returned to the car and he realised that he was over the limit and he made a decision that he was not going to drive the vehicle," Mr Hallam said.
"His walk home would have taken him through an unlit wood. He could have got a taxi but he didn't want to leave his car so he stayed with the car and slept there.
"He reclined the seat fully and he was clearly asleep on the seat when the officers came and spoke to him."
Mr Hallam explained that Marshall was arrested and taken to the police station, which was an hour's drive away.
"The truth of the matter is that he felt a little bit aggrieved at being arrested and that he felt he had made a responsible decision not to drive the vehicle and simply slept in the vehicle," he said.
"Members of the public do not really understand the charge of being 'in charge of a motor vehicle' and do not understand why they are being arrested.
"He felt a little bit aggrieved at being arrested - he was a little fed up."
The court heard the actor already has three points on his licence for a speeding offence committed last year and is in the process of receiving another three points after being caught recently using a mobile phone while driving.