Darren Day banned for drink-driving

Actor and singer Darren Day was banned from driving for 18 months on Wednesday after admitting being drunk behind the wheel.

The 40-year-old, who appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2002, was almost twice the drink-drive limit when he was pulled over by police in Cardiff city centre in the early hours of June 18.

Darren, who once dating Dancing on Ice winner Suzanne Shaw, had been due to stand trial at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today after denying the charge at a previous hearing.

But he arrived at court this morning without legal representation and changed his plea to guilty.

Prosecutor David Roberts told the court police spotted the black Mercedes driven by Darren as they patrolled St Mary Street in Cardiff and believed it was breaking the speed limit.

Mr Roberts said the police flashed their car’s blue lights and sounded the siren and the Mercedes was driven on to the wrong side of the road before it stopped.

He said Darren failed to complete a breath test procedure: “He appeared to hesitate and sucked rather than blew.”

The prosecutor said Darren was then taken to a police station where he was given another test which gave a reading of 65 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

The limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

As well as banning Darren from driving, District Judge Geraint Watkins also fined him £700.