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Road ban for drink-driving Olympic skater

Blackpool police

Blackpool police

A top international ice skater has been banned from the road after admitting drink-driving.

Steven Cousins, who skated for Britain in three Olympics, was more than twice over the drink drive limit.

The 41-year-old, who lives more than half the year in Ontario, Canada, was veering as he drove down Waterloo Road, Blackpool, and was stopped by police.

A breath test revealed he had 89 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath. The legal limit is 35.

Cousins, who was British national figure skating champion eight times and competed in nine world championships, admitted the offence when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates.

He also has an address in Walls Avenue Chester. He was banned from the road for 20 months and told to pay £715 in fines and costs.

Adrian Hollamby prosecuting, said Cousins co-operated fully with police after he was stopped.

Richard Brigden, defending, said his client had just split up from wife, international skater Elena Berezhnaya, who had now taken their two children to live in Russia.

“As a result of his he is 2,000 Canadian dollars out of pocket each month and is having to sell his Canadian home. This is a man who is renowned figure in his sport both as a skater and now as a choreographer.”

“He is a man who has totally committed himself to skating and representing his country.”

His lawyer said he had a couple of drinks on the plane journey to Canada at the start of August and misjudged what he had drunk when he got into his car.

He was not a regular drink driver and made “one mistake,” Mr Brigden added.

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