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Ex-Street star in drink-drive ban
Chris Gascoyne
Chris Gascoyne after the case at Llandudno magistrates
Former Coronation Street actor Chris Gascoyne has been banned from driving after admitting drink-driving in the town where he was appearing in panto.

Gascoyne, from Chorlton, Manchester, who played Peter Barlow in the TV soap, was disqualified for a year and fined 500 by magistrates at Llandudno.

The 39-year-old had drunk three and a half pints of lager at a club after playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

After the case, the actor apologised and said he made a "stupid mistake".

The actor was stopped by traffic officers in the seaside town on 30 December as he drove away from a nightclub in a Ford Fiesta, and was breathalysed.

I just want to say I apologise and I have to put it down to experience
Chris Gascoyne

After losing his licence on Monday, Gascoyne, dressed in a black suit and tie and cream leather shoes, said: "I made a mistake.

"I admitted it then and I admit it now and I got what I expected.

"I made a stupid mistake and I would never do it again. I'd never drive after even half a pint now.

"On the night I was arrested I think I'd had about three and a half pints - but that was over quite a considerable few hours."

Gascoyne added: "I just want to say I apologise and I have to put it down to experience.

Shocked

"I didn't tell anybody at the theatre about what had happened because nobody needed to know but people in a small place do tend to find out.

"To an extent this will affect me but it's not the end of the world. I will have to use the bus again."

The married father-of-three will attend a drink-drive awareness course which reduces the driving ban to nine months. In addition to his fine, he must pay 50 costs.

The star of BBC1's New Street Law had 48 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was stopped by the police at 0230 GMT. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

His solicitor, Roger Thomas, told the court Gascoyne was shocked to discover he was over the limit.

Sentencing, District Judge Andrew Shaw, said Gascoyne was of previous good character and had been entirely co-operative with police.

Gascoyne was last in Coronation Street, where he played betting shop manager and "love rat" Barlow, a year ago.



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