Paul Drayton, who is divorcing comic Alan Carr, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to driving
Alan Carr’s estranged husband Paul Drayton was jailed for 14 weeks today.
He was sentenced today in appearance at Brighton & Hove Magistrates’ Court.
Drayton cried as soon as he admitted to drink-driving, and he was also banned from driving for three years.
District Judge Amanda Kelly said he “sought to death” when he got behind the wheel.
She continued: “I have been given a lot of information about you and have read your very powerful letter. I have heard about your battle with alcoholism, the breakdown of your marriage and the impact of the lockdown on you.
“The sad reality is that almost everyone comes to life in this room that has been damaged in some way or the other.
“You gambled with your life and the lives of others.
“You could easily kill someone’s child, partner, family, or friend.”
Prosecutor Susan Soros said officers tracked her down and saw her vehicle “swinging from side to side”.
Suspecting that he was over the alcohol limit, he signaled Drayton to proceed and he complied.
“The defendant then overturns in the police vehicle,” said Ms. Soros.
On 9 October 2021, Sussex Police saw 50-year-old Paul turning his car from side to side while driving around 3 pm on 9 October in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham – three miles from the home he shared with Comic Allen.
When the police pull him over, Paul overturns his Mitsubishi 4×4 into their police car.
He was banned from driving during a court appearance in November and told he could be jailed for 12 weeks after driving with 153 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath at Broadbridge Heath in Horsham .
Paul – who is battling an alcohol addiction – was over four times the legal limit which is 35 milligrams in 100ml of breath.
Drayton pleaded not guilty to drunken driving at a previous hearing before changing his plea.
The district judge, Amanda Kelly, told Paul at the time: “The starting point for this crime is a 12-week prison sentence and it was for someone with low alcohol and who didn’t hit a police car.
“I would order a pre-conviction report but it is highly likely that you will be going to jail.
“You have put the public in danger by driving here and there in that state.
“It is an absolute miracle that you are here today and have not killed or maimed any other member of the public.
“You are now ineligible for driving from today.
“Be as honest and open with probation as possible, but there is a possibility of detention.”
Melanie Wotton from CPS told the court: “On October 9, a little before 3 p.m., police received a call that the co-op had a potential drink driver.
“The police managed to locate the silver Mitsubishi.
“They saw that it was moving from side to side as they were following it.
Mitsubishi then reverses into the police motor vehicle.
“It is clear that the driver is drunk.
“He was unsteady on his feet and lacked coordination and was later arrested.
“He was taken into the custody suit where he breathed 153.
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“This reading is outside the sentencing guidelines, they go up to 150.
“This was not a preliminary guilty plea, so the Crown asked for a cost of £150.”
On Friday, Alan and Paul announced that they were ending their marriage.
They have been married for three years, but have been a couple for 13 years and said they made a “joint and amicable” decision.
On Friday, in a statement to the PA news agency, their spokesperson said: “After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce that they are separating.
“They have made the difficult decision to divorce jointly and amicably and go their separate ways.
“We request that their privacy be respected at this sensitive time.”