Street star’s 16-month driving ban

Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £3,000 on Friday for drink-driving.

The star, who plays Rovers Return landlord Steve McDonald in the ITV1 soap, was pulled over when police spotted his Jaguar XKR driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Prestbury, Cheshire, in May 2005.

Breath tests at Wilmslow police station revealed a reading of 60mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – nearly twice the legal limit of 35mg/100ml.

The 31-year-old was convicted of drink-driving at Macclesfield Magistrates last September. The bench rejected his claim that a long-standing medical disorder, reflux oesophagitis, which causes stomach acid to be belched into the mouth, may have affected the breathalyser reading.

Simon, appearing under his real surname of Gregory, was sentenced at the same court on Friday and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

His solicitor, Gwyn Lewis, said an appeal against sentence and conviction would be launched. The appeal will be held at Chester Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

A Coronation Street spokeswoman declined to comment and described the case as ‘a private matter’.

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