Soap taxi driver in drink-drive ban

A soap actress says she is "highly ashamed" of an "out-of-character" drink-driving incident, after she received a 17-month road ban.

Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver, aka taxi firm worker Eileen Grimshaw in the show, was nearly twice the legal limit when she was pulled over less than a mile from her home on March 29.

She told magistrates in Manchester it was a "spur-of-the-moment decision" to drive, after she was spotted hitting a kerb in the early hours of the morning.

The actress, aged 46, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Kerry Bell, prosecuting, said she was stopped by police when her vehicle collided with the nearside kerb. She was breathalysed at the scene and gave a positive alcohol breath reading. She was taken to the police station and gave a further reading of 63mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit being 35mg.

A 17-month driving ban was imposed which will be reduced to 13 months after she completes a drink-drive awareness course which she was offered by the Bench. Cleaver was also fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Her screen son, Jason, played by Ryan Thomas, recently appeared at the same court when he was fined £2,020 after crashing his car and leaving the scene of the accident.

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