Sky Sports TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher has been sentenced after pleading guilty to driving three times the drink drive limit last month.
The star is reported to have fought back tears as magistrates banned her from driving for two years and ordered her to complete 100 hours of community service as well as pay an £85 fine.
Kirsty, 41, appeared at East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court in Slough earlier today, with the court hearing how the star had left the Sky Sports studios in West London to meet friends in a bar on Friday August 11.
The mum-of-two left the bar at around 3am and drove her red BMW X4 to pick up her children, 11-year-old Oscar and seven-year-old Jude, from her ex-husband, Paul Sampson’s, house shortly after 10am – with police stopping her on Eton High Street after she was spotted “driving erratically”.
Kirsty was breathalysed at the scene and the results revealed that she had 106micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35micrograms.
Kirsty was said to be “horrified” by the situation, with probation officer Jasvir Kaar Bhatti telling the court that she was in the middle of a “stressful” divorce, with Kirsty and Paul ending their 15-year relationship in 2014.
He said: “There was no intention to drive while over the limit. She did not realise she was over the next day.
“She does not have a drink problem. She works long hours and drives a lot so she does not usually drink. There are divorce proceedings going on at the moment which are stressful. She is very remorseful and apologises.”
Jennifer Dempster, in mitigation, added: “She is not someone who normally drinks to excess. She is a person of good character.
“This is not intentional drink driving, she was not leaving the pub at midnight and driving home. She is horrified she is in this position.
“This is a young lady, it has been a stressful time. There are difficulties arising from the breakdown of her marriage, the final hearing for which is next week.”
Ms. Dempster went on to ask for Kirsty to not be given a community order due to the “media circus” that would follow her.
However, Judge Davinder Lachhar said: “Just because there is a media circus that does not change the sentence.”
He told Kirsty: “I take into account the mitigation of the family proceedings. I give you credit for pleading guilty.
“I am going to impose a 12 month community order of 100 hours of unpaid work, you must pay £85 prosecution costs and you are disqualified from driving for two years.”
Kirsty was “visibly upset” as the judge made the ruling, nodding her head to confirm that she had understood.