Derek Acorah banned from driving


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TV ghost whisperer Derek Acorah has been banned from driving for more than two years, after refusing to comply with an alcohol test following a collision with another motorist.

The tangerine-hued psychic was originally charged in early December, after speeding across a roundabout and crashing his high-powered Nissan GT-R into a Ford Ka on Scarisbrick New Road, Southport.

The Ka's passengers – a female aged 52 and a 21-year-old male – were both rushed to hospital with whiplash and other minor injuries.

Bootle Magistrates' Court heard that following the crash, the female motorist now suffers anxiety over returning to the road.

Acorah, real name Derek Johnson, was arrested after providing a positive sample of breath at the scene, but refused to give a further evidentiary sample upon arrival at a police station.

He pleaded guilty to both driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

On top of being banned from driving for two years and four months, Acorah was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor Philippa Kennedy, told the court: "Derek Johnson's driving on that day could have caused serious injuries," reported the Liverpool Echo.

"Thankfully, the driver in the other car escaped without serious harm but did suffer several injuries and now has a fear of driving.

"Failing to give a breath sample is also a serious offence - no-one is above the law.

"Johnson has received a substantial fine and driving ban which should send a strong message to all those who fail to drive without the required care and put others at risk."