Sue Cleaver has told a court she was ‘highly ashamed’ as she was banned from the road for 17 months after drink-driving.

The Coronation Street actress, who plays taxi firm worker Eileen Grimshaw in the ITV1 soap, was nearly twice the legal limit when she hit a kerb in the early hours of the morning.

Magistrates in Manchester heard that her ‘spur-of-the-moment decision’ to drive at night ‘could not have been more out of character’ as she pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Cleaver, 46, was pulled over less than a mile from her home on March 29.

Kerry Bell, prosecuting, said she was stopped by police when her vehicle collided with the nearside kerb. She was breathalysed at the scene and gave a positive alcohol breath reading.

She was taken to the police station and gave a further reading of 63mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.

Richard Silver, defending, said: “Miss Cleaver has entered a guilty plea at the first possible moment.

“She is highly ashamed and deeply embarrassed to find herself before the court and she wants to apologise for what she has done.”

A 17-month driving ban was imposed which will be reduced to 13 months after she completes a drink-drive awareness course which she was offered by the Bench.

Cleaver was also fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

She made no comment as she left Manchester Magistrates’ Court

Her screen son, Jason, played by Ryan Thomas, appeared at the same court on Monday when he was fined £2,020 after crashing his car and leaving the scene of the accident.

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