TV Kirsty’s drink drive charge on way to pick up sons

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Tammy Hughes Show­busi­ness Re­porter t.hughes@dai­ly­mail.co.uk

TV pre­sen­ter Kirsty Gal­lacher has been charged with drink driv­ing af­ter she was stopped at 11.30am as she was on her way to pick up her chil­dren.

The 41-year-old Sky Sports star was pulled over by po­lice on Satur­day morn­ing af­ter she was spot­ted ‘driv­ing er­rat­i­cally’.

Miss Gal­lacher, who had en­joyed a night out with friends at the Win­ning Post pub in Wink­field, Berk­shire, the pre­vi­ous evening, was on her way to col­lect sons Os­car, ten, and Jude, seven, from her ex-hus­band’s home when she was stopped in Eton.

She is due to ap­pear at Slough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Septem­ber 4.

Friends said Miss Gal­lacher, whose four-year mar­riage to for­mer Eng­land rugby union in­ter­na­tional Paul Samp­son ended in 2014, would con­tinue to present for Sky Sports News, al­though Sky has yet to com­ment.

A source told The Sun: ‘Kirsty had en­joyed a night out and was driv­ing to pick up the chil­dren from Paul’s house.’ On Fri­day night, Miss Gal­lacher posted a photo on In­sta­gram of her­self and friends with the cap­tion: ‘Night with @nud­bruce... @an­niehoy @hal_y_ pablito win­ningp ost wink­field.’

Af­ter her ar­rest some fans com- mented on the pic­ture say­ing they were dis­mayed at the news. An­other user wrote: ‘ @gal­lacherkirsty Re­ally dis­ap­pointed about this news, hope it’s not true Kirsty Hun.’

Miss Gal­lacher has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted that she strug­gled with the break­down of her mar­riage to Mr Samp­son, 40, but would like more chil­dren at some stage.

In one can­did in­ter­view she said: ‘You have to get up and go to work, and you worry about how they’re do­ing at school while you’re try­ing to do live TV. But you do learn, you de­velop and you do get stronger. You have to learn from your mis­takes.

‘I would like more chil­dren. There, I’ve said it now, but it’s true! If I’m lucky enough to have one more then I’d be thrilled, as I don’t feel like I have fin­ished yet on the baby thing.’

Fol­low­ing her di­vorce, Miss Gal­lacher briefly dated an­other Eng­land rugby star, Danny Cipri­ani, be­fore strik­ing up a new ro­mance in re­cent months.

She is con­sid­ered the poster girl for Sky Sports News and will cel­e­brate her 20th an­niver­sary with the chan­nel next year.

On Fri­day Miss Gal­lacher had

‘The mat­ter is with her lawyers’

ap­peared on Sky Sports News at 6pm for an hour-long show to pre­view the start of the Pre­mier League foot­ball sea­son, be­fore join­ing her friends for a night out.

Last night a friend of Miss Gal­lacher told the Daily Mail: ‘We know for a fact that she will con­tinue pre­sent­ing Sky Sports News. We do not know what will hap­pen af­ter the court case. That would be pure spec­u­la­tion at this stage. The mat­ter is now with Kirsty’s lawyers.’

Miss Gal­lacher, of Vir­ginia Wa­ter, Sur­rey, has be­come al­most as well-known for her healthy life­style and fit­ness regime as for her broad­cast­ing ca­reer. Ear­lier this year she fea­tured on the cover of Fit And Well mag­a­zine. She has said that al­though she is in her 40s she is in the best shape of her life.

Yes­ter­day a spokesman for Thames Val­ley Po­lice con­firmed that the TV pre­sen­ter had been ar­rested and charged.

‘Kirsty Gal­lacher, aged 41, was charged last night [Satur­day] with one count of driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle when al­co­hol level was above the le­gal limit,’ a state­ment said. ‘She has been re­leased on bail to ap­pear at Slough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Septem­ber 4.’

A spokesman for Miss Gal­lacher said: ‘Kirsty and her fam­ily will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment at this time.’

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Court date: Sky Sports pre­sen­ter Kirsty Gal­lacher, 41

The night be­fore: Miss Gal­lacher, right, posted this photo on­line

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