Sunday 25 September 2016

CBB winner Charlotte Crosby guilty of drink-driving for second time

Tom White

Published 11/03/2016 | 11:30

Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she is charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she is charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby has had her dreams of breaking America dashed after a second drink-driving conviction.

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The 25-year-old former Celebrity Big Brother winner and Geordie Shore cast member was caught driving her Range Rover in the early hours after drinking on the train home from London to Newcastle.

Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby leaving Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she was charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby leaving Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she was charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby and solicitor Nick Freeman leaving Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she was charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two police officers witnessed her weaving down the road and, after pulling her over, a breath test showed she was over double the legal limit.

Newcastle Magistrates' Court was told that this latest indiscretion, after she was banned from driving for 18 months in 2012, means she is now unable to get a visa to travel to the USA.

Crosby, who has more than 2.7 million Twitter followers and has also made fitness DVDs, pleaded guilty to the charge after the incident on January 28.

Nick Freeman, defending, said she had decided to make the short journey from the railway station to her hotel despite having initially planned to get a taxi.

Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby and solicitor Nick Freeman arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she is charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby and solicitor Nick Freeman arriving at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where she is charged with drink-driving Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

He said "she accepts that she is the author of her misfortune" and added that she was "bitterly ashamed, contrite and embarrassed".

Mr Freeman said Crosby had been close to landing a TV career in America but "that will not now happen as she will not get a visa".

"She would like to apologise to the court and her family," he said.

"She would like to apologise to her legions of fans and supporters who she has let down in a huge way."

Banning Crosby from driving for three years, chairman of the bench Keith McIntosh said it "beggared belief" that she had been caught for a second time.

"We take drink-driving offences very seriously in this court, even more so when it's not the first offence," he said.

Crosby, who had 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath compared with the legal limit of 35, was also told to pay £1,185.

In mitigation, Mr Freeman said "she contributes significantly back to society" and has a very "active and successful working life".

He said she carries out work with charities such as Unicef and Barnardo's and this conviction will have an impact on that.

Crosby, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013, has appeared in all 11 series of Geordie Shore.

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