A former soap opera star has been banned from the road after driving without the lights on for a take-out dinner moments after drinking two gins and a glass of rum during a “hard day” at work at her bar.
Adam Rickitt, 42, was caught making a 650-yard road trip home from the bar he runs in Knutsford, Cheshire on August 22 – five months after leaving Hollyoaks when his character Kyle Kelly s ‘has committed suicide.
He said he was working and drinking late at the Dexter and Jones bar when his wife, GMB presenter Kate Fawcett, called to say she had ordered takeout, The Sun reported.
Police stopped his Skoda Yeti car after he drove with no light on to retrieve food just 450 meters from his bar.
Adam Rickitt (pictured at his Dexter and Jones bar in June), 42, was caught driving home 650 yards from the bar he runs in Knutsford, Cheshire on August 22 – five months later leaving Hollyoaks when his character Kyle Kelly committed suicide
He took a breathalyzer test and was found to have more than double the legal alcohol limit.
At Stockport Magistrates Court, Rickitt admitted drinking and driving and was banned from driving for 17 months.
He first spoke to expensive “specialist lawyers” who advised him on how to avoid disqualification.
Prosecutor Lucy Bridge said: “A PC and PCSO in uniform are aware of the green Skoda with its headlights off.
“He was asked what time he was last drinking and he said, ‘two minutes ago’.
Then there was a 15 minute wait for the test and during that wait he said, “I know I’ll probably be over the limit, I had 65% rum before driving.
Mr Rickitt with his wife Katy as they begin to prepare their bar for reopening after the government announced that restrictions on bars and pubs would be relaxed from July 4
At Stockport Magistrates Court, Rickitt admitted drinking and driving and was banned from driving for 17 months. Pictured with former co-star Leanne Battersby in Coronation Street in 1998
Tests have shown that Rickitt, who married Miss Fawcett in 2014, had 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath – more than double the 35 mg limit.
As part of the mitigation, defense lawyer Victoria Thompson said: “He is deeply ashamed to appear in court and is not someone who has had problems. “
She added that Rickitt had had “a tough day” after putting his savings in the bar before the coronavirus hit.
Rickitt was also fined £ 230 and £ 119 in costs and surcharges.