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Street star banned from driving
Simon Gregson at Macclesfield Magistrates Court
Simon Gregson denied drink-driving
Coronation Street star Simon Gregson has been banned from driving for 16 months and fined for drink-driving.

The actor, who plays Steve McDonald, was pulled over by police who saw his Jaguar XKR going the wrong way down a one-way street in Prestbury, Cheshire.

A breath test revealed he was nearly twice over the limit.

He was convicted by Macclesfield magistrates when they rejected his claim that a stomach condition may have affected the reading.

Breath tests at Wilmslow police station revealed a reading of 60mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - nearly twice the legal limit of 35mg per 100ml.

Appeal planned

The 31-year-old actor claimed that a long-standing medical disorder, reflux oesophagitis, which causes stomach acid to be belched into the mouth, may have affected the breathalyser reading.

Gregson, appearing under his real surname of Gregory, was fined 3,000 and ordered to pay 1,000 costs.

His solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, said an appeal against sentence and conviction would be launched.

The appeal will be held at Chester Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

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