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Darren Day admits drink driving in Edinburgh

Darren Day arriving at court
Day will stand trial next month over allegations he was in possession of an offensive weapon

Entertainer Darren Day has been banned from roads after admitting driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

The 41-year-old also pled guilty to failing to stop to give his name and address after an accident at Manor Place in Edinburgh last month.

Day had been accused of driving carelessly, losing control of the car and crashing into a lamppost.

But prosecutors at Edinburgh Sheriff Court accepted his not guilty plea to this charge.

The Crown also accepted not guilty pleas to charges that Day failed to report an accident, and failed to co-operate with a preliminary breath test.

Day admitted the amount of alcohol on his breath on the night he was arrested was 58mg per 100ml. The legal limit is 35mg.

But he still faces a further court hearing over an allegation that police found him in possession of a Kubotan keyring weapon.

Starring role

He will stand trial for that charge on 10 February, when he will also be sentenced for drink driving.

Police seized the Mercedes Day was driving in Manor Place on 18 December 2009 and it remains impounded by the Crown, pending next month's sentencing.

The drinking and driving incident happened while Day was staying in the capital where he was appearing in the musical We Will Rock You.

He has since left his temporary residence in Scotland and was bailed to an address in England.

The singer became famous in the 1990's when he took over the starring role in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

He also appeared in the first ever series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.



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