Page last updated at 11:41 GMT, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 12:41 UK

Driving ban for Madeley daughter

Chloe Madeley
Chloe Madeley was a presenter on her parents' show

TV personality Chloe Madeley has been disqualified from driving after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Madeley, 22, the daughter of TV presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, was arrested after a crash in Barnet, north London, last month.

She was almost twice the legal limit when the crash happened, Hendon Magistrates' Court heard.

The court was told her car clipped another vehicle and overturned. She was disqualified for 20 months.

Madeley worked as a showbusiness reporter on the Watch channel chat show New Position, which was hosted by her parents. She has also presented Channel 4's Big Brother's Big Mouth.

The court heard that she had drunk two cocktails before the crash on 16 August.

Prosecutor Priya Valentine said Madeley had been driving her Peugeot 206 when she collided with a stationary vehicle, causing a "substantial" amount of damage.

Police found her car on its roof but no-one was at the scene. They traced her as the owner and she was arrested at her parents' home in north London.

Left 'shocked'

Madeley told police she was "dazed and shocked" after the incident, the court heard.

Defending, Alex Radley said Madeley had been drinking with friends in Camden, north London, earlier in the evening before returning home to watch television.

Mr Radley said: "In the early hours of the morning she urgently required the services of a 24-hour chemist in relation to female products, believing at this time she wouldn't be over the limit."

You exposed the public, including yourself, to considerable danger
Clive Lewisohn
chairman of the magistrates

He added: "Just before the incident she realised that the (Mini) car was parked at an unusual angle, pointed out on to the road, and the tyres were twisted.

"Unfortunately it was at late notice that she spotted this and too late to take any avoiding action."

Madeley chose to walk home because it was close by and was about to call the police when they arrived at her doorstep, Mr Radley said.

Sentencing her, chairman of the bench Clive Lewisohn described it as "a serious incident of drink driving".

"You exposed the public, including yourself, to considerable danger," he said.

"There was an accident. Thankfully nobody was injured."

Madeley was ordered to pay a total of £435, including £70 in prosecution costs and £15 towards a victims of crime fund.

She was told that her ban would be reduced by a quarter if she undertakes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.


Photographers surrounded Chloe Madeley when she emerged from court

Print Sponsor

Madeley daughter on drink charge
18 Aug 09 |  London
Madeley warns mugger on live TV
07 Mar 07 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific