Alan Carr’s drink-driving husband Paul Drayton, 50, is told he faces jail after admitting he reversed into police car and nearly hit mother with pram while four times over legal limit
- Mr Drayton accused of drink-driving charge in Horsham, West Sussex last month
- Husband of Alan Carr initially denied charge but today changed plea to guilty
- Court told his Mitsubishi 4×4 was ‘swerving from one side of road to the other’
- Judge said ‘overwhelming likelihood’ that Drayton will now have to go to prison
Alan Carr’s husband has admitted a drink-driving charge and has been warned he faces jail by a judge who told him it was a ‘miracle’ no one was killed when he got behind the wheel while four times over the legal limit.
Paul Drayton, 50, was accused of drink-driving after he reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, while in his Mitsubishi 4×4 in West Sussex last month, just three miles from the £2.7 million home he shares with Alan, 45.
Originally, he denied the charge but admitted his guilt today at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. The case has been adjourned for sentencing.
Drayton was charged with driving with 153mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – well over the limit of 35mcg – though he initially claimed the breathalyser machine was not working properly.
District Judge Amanda Kelly told Drayton today: ‘The starting point for this offence is a 12 week prison sentence and that was for somebody with less alcohol and who didn’t hit a police car.
‘I will order a pre-sentence report but the overwhelming likelihood is you will be going to prison.
Paul Drayton, 50, was accused of drink-driving and today admitted his guilt after initially denying the charge
Alan Carr’s husband Paul Drayton (right) drunkenly reversed into a police car, narrowly missing a mother pushing a pram, a court heard
‘You have endangered the public by driving around in that state. It is an absolute miracle you are here to day and have not killed or maimed another member of the public.
‘You are now disqualified from driving from today. Be as honest and open with probation as you can be, but custody is likely.’
According to the Sun, he was placed on unconditional bail for sentencing in January.
Melanie Wotton from the CPS told the court the Crown will also seek £150 in costs. She also noted ‘this was not an early plea’
She said police spotted the car after being alerted to a potential drink driver on October 9.
The alleged incident took place in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham, around three miles from where he and Mr Carr live in a £2.7 million home
They saw that it was swerving from side to side as they followed it before managing to stop it.
However, she then said: ‘The Mitsubishi then reverses into the police motor vehicle. It is clear the driver is intoxicated.
‘He was unsteady on his feet and lacked coordination and is subsequently arrested. He was taken to the custody suite where he blew 153 of breath.