Blue star banned over drink-driving

Blue star banned over drink-driving

Blue star Lee Ryan has been sentenced over his drink-driving and subsequent foul-mouthed tirade against police, during which he urinated all over his cell.

The singer blamed online abuse after his Celebrity Big Brother appearance for his meltdown.On Friday, the 30-year-old's bandmates turned out to support him as he appeared before Ealing Magistrates' Court in west London.Police spotted Ryan driving erratically in a friend's Audi A3 at 5.30am on 11 April in Ealing, after a night out to celebrate the birthday of fellow Blue singer Duncan James.A prosecutor told the court that officers could immediately smell alcohol from his breath and that his eyes appeared glazed."Asked if he had consumed some alcohol that night, Mr Ryan said 'Yes, a few'," the prosecutor said."Officers then noticed that there was an empty bottle in the pocket of the driver's seat. When Mr Ryan exited the vehicle, he was obviously unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred."Lee respects the court's decision today and takes full responsibility for his actions. This has been an important lesson for Lee as he works towards a healthier and happier new chapter in his life.Statement on behalf of Lee RyanThe court heard that the singer was taken to a police station, but refused a breath test and became aggressive to officers before being put in a cell where he urinated and was sick over the floor.In a police interview later that day, Ryan told officers he had drunk a vodka and tonic and a rum and Coke, but thought he was okay to drive.He told officers he was on antidepressant medication and antibiotics, which he blamed for his state - adding that he had no memory of his earlier behaviour towards police.According to Ryan's defence, abuse and death threats he received over his controversial reality TV appearance had caused him substantial stress."There can be no doubt that decision (to take part in Celebrity Big Brother) was a mistake," his lawyer said.He added that Ryan was "a vulnerable individual who doesn't cope well with pressure" and that "to say he is remorseful is an understatement".Ryan had sought professional help from two doctors at the Priory hospital and a Harley Street clinic in the months just before the incident and afterwards checked into a residential rehab facility.Sentencing Ryan, chairwoman of the bench Alison Watson said: "This is a very serious offence and I think you do accept that."He was handed a £3,325 fine and banned from the roads for two years.In a statement released after the hearing, Ryan said the drink-fuelled incident was an "important lesson" and thanked his bandmates and fans for their support.


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