Vic escapes jail term

Community service for drink-driving

Vic Reeves has been banned from driving for almost three years and ordered to do 100 hours community service for his drink-drive crash.

At Maidstone magistrates' court, the comic admitted leaving the scene of the accident, after crashing into a parked car near his Kent home.

He had previously pleaded guilty to drink-driving on March 25, the night his vintage Jaguar hit a Peugeot 106 in the village of Boughton Malherbe, before careering up a verge into a fence.

Tests later showed he was more than three times over the blood-alcohol limit.

The court heard he had been drinking gin and tonics during the day while writing a radio script, and then had a glass of white wine after driving to a local pub.

Chairwoman of the bench Lizzie Hughes told Reeves he could have faced a jail term, but would receive a more lenient sentence because of his early guilty pleas, contrition, and lack of previous offences.

The 32-month driving ban will be reduced to two years if he pays £200 to complete a drink-driving rehabilitation course, which he said he would do.

As he left court, the 46-year-old said: "I'm completely remorseful, and penitent and it was a stupid, stupid thing to do."


Published: 21 Apr 2005

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.