Tulisa's tears in court as she cops 15-month ban for drink-driving

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Singer and ex X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos was in tears in court as she copped a 15-month ban for drink-driving after being arrested following a crash in September 2015.

Tulisa pleaded guilty to the charge, although she told police a the time of her arrest she was 'sleep driving'.

The former N-Dubz star was driving her new Ferrari when she collided with a Saab carrying two people outside Southgate tube station in north London on September 10,

She subsequently admitted driving over the limit – her breath analysis recorded 54mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

According to the BBC, Tulisa broke down in tears at Highbury Corner magistrates court as she pleaded guilty on Monday.

Prosecutor Tarika Jayaratne said the star - who had taken possession of the sports car just days before the incident - drove 'on the wrong side of the road' and hit the Saab.

Her lawyer, Kirsty Brimelow, said the singer was remorseful about what happened: "She immediately co-operated with police. She immediately told the police that she had drunk alcohol."

She added that her client was 'a talented young woman' who was set on launching an acting career, saying: "She has placed everything on hold because of this."

Despite arguing that Tulisa would have 'difficulties' in getting work in the US if she was convicted, judge Gill Allison said the charge was a 'serious matter' and warranted a driving ban.

Tulisa also has to pay costs totalling £1,085.


Patrick McLennan

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