Adil Ray fined for drink driving; not sacked


BBC Asian Network’s much loved presenter Adil Ray has been banned from driving and fined ?270 after crashing his car and being twice over the legal drink limit, according to a report in the Eastern Eye paper.

The incident, which took place in the early morning (5am) of 17th September this year saw the star smash his new Mini into a parked blue Rover after leaving from a friend’s birthday party. The accident happened in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. Adil was unhurt and nobody else was seriously injured.

West Midlands Police officers arrested Ray at the scene. They later found he had 79 micrograms of alcohol in his system, more than twice the legal limit.

Despite his boozy antics, BBC Asian Network’s Andrew Bates fully supported the 31-year old presenter.

Mr Bates said: “It was very much a private matter that the court had dealt with and the issue ends there. He has not lost his job.”

Ray?s solicitor, appearing alongside his client at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday (10th), said it was partly the fault of a dog which ran into the path of the DJ?s car and forced him to swerve.

He also claimed Adil thought the punch he was drinking at the party contained only a small amount of alcohol.

Adil, real name Raja Adil Rehman, was disqualified from driving for a minimum of 15 months and told to pay a ?200 fine and ?70 in costs.

An angry Ray stormed out of the court after the hearing.

The punishment is a blow for the man who fronted the digital launch of the BBC Asian Network in 2002 and now hosts a popular show on the station.

He was snapped up by the BBC after previously working for Choice FM, Capital Radio Manchester and Galaxy 105.

The marketing graduate from Birmingham has also established himself on television as the face of BBC Two?s music, fashion and lifestyle show Desi DNA.

This is not the first time, however, that Ray has let the BBC down with his drink lifestyle. He was pictured under the influence at the UK Asian Music Awards in March when he stumbled on stage and bemused those sitting in the front row with a bizarre dance.

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