Drive ban for actor Kris Marshall

 

My Family star Kris Marshall was today banned from driving after being found by police asleep behind the wheel of his car in a supermarket car park.

The 38-year-old actor, who has also starred in TV adverts for BT, was disqualified for six months by magistrates in Yeovil.

The actor, of Long Barton, near Wells, Somerset, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to supply a specimen of breath while being the person in charge of a motor vehicle.

South Somerset Magistrates' Court heard that police found Marshall shortly after midnight on October 1 in a Tesco car park in Wells after being alerted by the public.

The actor was discovered with the seat reclined, key in the ignition and the radio on, asleep behind the wheel of his green Jaguar.

The two police officers who woke him up could smell alcohol and Marshall admitted he had been drinking, magistrates were told.

Prosecutor Tim Rutherford said: "His speech was slurred and his eyes were glazed."

Marshall gave a positive breath test and was immediately arrested and taken to Yeovil police station. Inside the police station the actor failed to supply a second breath test despite making five attempts on the intoxilyzer machine - blaming asthma.

The court heard the actor already has three points on his licence for a speeding offence committed last year and is in the process of receiving another three points after being caught recently using a mobile phone while driving.

Magistrates imposed a 10 point penalty - meaning he was automatically banned from driving for six months under the totting up rules having passed the 12 point barrier. He was also fined £700, ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

PA

Suggested Topics
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Jordan Rossiter celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal during the match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield
football

Liverpool progress to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup

News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
books
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world