ITV cycling presenter found guilty of being ‘drunk while in charge of a pedal cycle’


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An ITV cycling show presenter has been charged after crashing into a police car while drunk.

Richard Cunynghame, 36, who presents The Cycle Show on ITV4, was involved in an argument with a taxi driver in the early hours of the morning on March 22 in Chelsea. As police approached, however, he fled the scene.

As he sped off on his bicycle at an estimated 23mph, police overtook him, and although he had plenty of room to stop, Cunynghame hit the police car – damaging a door and wing mirror.

Despite his claims of only having two glasses of wine that evening, he was found guilty of being drunk in charge of a pedal cycle and failing to stop for a police officer.

Annie Allum, chairwoman of the bench at City of London magistrates' court, spoke to The Times. She said: "We believe that Mr Cunynghame's judgment was impacted by alcohol — not what would be expected by an experienced professional cyclist, which he says he is."

PC Coleman, one of the officers who chased after Cunynghame, said: "With his demeanor he seemed drunk - he was unsteady on his feet and when he was speaking to us there was a very, very strong smell of alcohol on his breath."

Philip Vollans, in mitigation, added: "This is a man of good character. He is a professional cyclist. This will have adverse consequences on both his career and private life."

Cunynghame, who lives in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £620 with a £20 surcharge.