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TV chef banned for drink-driving
TV chef Keith Floyd
Keith Floyd said it was his first driving offence for 41 years
TV chef Keith Floyd has been banned from driving after crashing his car into another vehicle while three-and-a -half times over the legal limit.

The 60-year-old was banned for 32 months after pleading guilty at Swindon Magistrates' Court to drink driving.

The court heard Floyd was involved in a crash in Coleshill, Wiltshire.

Speaking on Tuesday, Floyd, from Oxfordshire, said: "I am not a drink-driver. Normally my wife, Tess, does all the driving or I'm chauffeured."

The chef, who lives in Faringdon, shot to fame in the mid-80s when he began his cookery programmes, which he carried out with a glass of red wine in his hand.

He was involved in a head-on crash between his Peugeot 806 and a Land Rover on a bridge on the B4019 at Coleshill at 1315 BST on 9 November

'Slurred voice'

Prosecutor Keith Ballinger told the court that Floyd had enjoyed two glasses of spirits over lunch at the Jesmond House Hotel in Highworth, near Swindon, before crashing on a narrow bridge on his way home.

Police called to the scene found Floyd "smelling strongly of intoxicating liquor" standing by his silver vehicle, near to a Land Rover with frontal damage, the court heard.

"Asked if he had been the driver, he replied in a slurred voice 'Yes'," Mr Ballinger said.

The chef also received a 1,500 fine.

After receiving his sentence, Floyd told reporters on the steps of the court: "This is the first time in 41 years that I have ever had any kind of driving offence."

He then paid tribute to Wiltshire Police, who he said had treated him "fairly, courteously and well" during their handling of the case.

TV chef faces drink-drive charge
10 Nov 04 |  Wiltshire

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