Phillips Idowu in drink-drive ban

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Phillips Idowu in drink-drive ban

Former British Olympian Phillips Idowu has been banned from driving after being caught at the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

The triple-jumper, who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was stopped in his Land Rover by police in Epping last month.

After a breath-test, Idowu was found to be more than twice the legal alcohol limit, providing a sample of 96 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres.

He admitted drinking and driving and was banned from driving for two years and fined £145 by Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.

The court heard how Idowu was on his way to a hotel when he was stopped, following what police reports described as a 'domestic incident' at his home address.

His solicitor Joanna Life told the court Idowu had been out with friends and had returned home before being forced to go out again.

"He just got in the car because circumstances forced him to leave the house in a hurry and he was driving a short distance," she said.

"He planned to stay at hotel which was under a mile away to get away from the circumstances which had unfolded at the house."

She also said Idowu wished not to elaborate on the domestic incident which caused him to leave his house and get into his car while intoxicated.

Magistrates were also told that Idowu, who has no previous convictions, was unemployed and was currently living off savings.

He had requested a fine over community service due to an upcoming employment opportunity abroad.