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Driving ban for reality show star
Bianca Gascoigne
Bianca Gascoigne collapsed in a bar after the crash
A reality dating show winner has been banned from driving for 17 months after admitting a charge of drink-driving.

Bianca Gascoigne, 21, stepdaughter of ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne, was fined 600 at Watford Magistrates' Court.

The court heard she crashed a new 35,000 Mercedes car into the back of a red Honda Civic in Feldon Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in September.

Police found her in a nearby bar where she collapsed when being questioned and was taken to Watford General Hospital.

A blood test was taken and she gave a reading of nearly twice the legal limit.

She was treated in hospital for minor injuries and the driver of the Honda car was unhurt.

Mother paid fine

When a police officer asked Miss Gascoigne in a hotel bar just after the crash if the smashed up Mercedes was her car she replied: "Yeah, babe. My mum is going to pick me up I have just called her."

Prosecutor Malachy Pakenham said she went on to say to the officer: "Yeah babe, I was coming down the hill and a car pulled out in front of me."

Miss Gascoigne, of Home Lea, Sheethanger Lane, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to drink driving on 24 September this year. She was accompanied in court by her mother.

Magistrate Robin McCarthy banned her for 17 months, fined her 600 and ordered her to pay costs totalling 102.

When asked how she would pay she turned back to her mother in the public gallery and asked: "Can I borrow your card mum?"

Her mother agreed and she told the court: "I will pay on my mum's card."

Miss Gascoigne, who won the ITV reality show Love Island, also said she would take part in a drink-driving course that will reduce her ban by four months.

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