Second drink-drive ban for William’s aristocratic friend

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A close friend of the Duke of Cambridge has lost his licence again after being found guilty of drink-driving in his £90,000 sports car following a visit to one of his exclusive London nightclubs.

Guy Pelly was banned from driving for two and a half years and ordered to pay £7,120 in costs and fines.

London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that it was the second time he has been banned for drink-driving. In 2001 Pelly had his licence confiscated for two years after he was pulled over for drink-driving while travelling home to “student digs” after partying at agricultural college.

Pelly was sentenced yesterday after he was stopped while at the wheel of his Audi R8 GT V10 Coupe in Knightsbridge early on May 28, last year.

The 32-year-old refused to give a roadside breath test before being taken to a police station to give a sample on an intoximeter.

The aristocrat, who recently married Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Wilson at a ceremony attended by Princes William and Harry, was found to have 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

During his trial, defence lawyer Philip Lucas called experts who claimed that radiowaves from Pelly’s iPhone had interfered with the machine.

But District Judge Zani ruled that he was entirely satisfied that Pelly was guilty of drink-driving.

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