Nova FM radio star and Australia’s Got Talent judge Kate Ritchie arrested and banned for drink-driving

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Kate Ritchie is spotted for the first time since she was caught drink-driving and banned from the road after being stopped on the eve of the TV comeback – but she has NOTHING to say about the shock charge

  • Kate Ritchie was arrested by police for drink-driving in Pagewood, Sydney
  • She returned a positive breath test and was fined and her driver’s license revoked
  • Driving ban comes as it is makes her TV comeback on Australia’s Got Talent
  • She shunned the media waiting near her home in the city’s eastern suburbs

Radio host Kate Ritchie shunned the press on Saturday after being caught intoxicated by police in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Monday.

She ignored waiting media in the street near her home and kept silent as they asked her questions about the incident.

The Nova FM personality and former child star on Home and Away was stopped by police at 2:45pm on Heffron Rd in Pagewood for a random breath test in her blue Subaru station wagon.

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Ritchie, 44, tested positive by the side of the road and was immediately arrested and taken to the Maroubra Police Station where she underwent a secondary breath analysis which yielded a positive reading of 0.06, just a shadow above the legal limit of 0.05 .

A police spokesman told the Daily Mail Australia: ‘She was given a notice of infringement for the offense of driving with a prescribed low alcohol concentration and issued a notice of suspension of the license.’

Ritchie is said to have been fined $600 on the spot and given a three-month driving ban.

The driving ban comes just as she is about to make her TV comeback as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

Radio host Kate Ritchie has been arrested for diving under the influence after being detained by police in Sydney on Monday

She was spotted shopping in Sydney three days before her arrest while wearing a casual dressy ensemble.

Ritchie held two punnets of raspberries, her iPhone and a folded piece of paper in one hand, a takeaway coffee in the other.

Kate was wrapped in a white hoodie layered under a stylish Hunter raincoat, which retails for around $300.

She completed her laid-back look with Golden Goose leopard-print sneakers, worth nearly $1,000, and ripped jeans.

The former Home and Away star slung a woven bag over one shoulder and remained unobtrusive in a green New York Yankees baseball cap.

Kate and her fellow AGT judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Shane Jacobson filmed the show’s season finale at Sydney’s Riverside Theater last month.

The TV talent competition, which returns to the screens after a three-year hiatus, will air on Channel Seven later this year.

Although no premiere date has been announced, the program will most likely start after the end of My Kitchen Rules.

Daily Mail Australia revealed last December that after a whirlwind romance lasting less than a year, Kate had divorced her last known boyfriend, John Bell, a cybersecurity expert in her mid-20s.

“Kate is single. Lockdown is to blame,” a source said at the time.

Kate and John haven’t seen each other since January [2021], even though the borders to Victoria opened a few weeks ago. She didn’t say she wanted to visit him sometime.’

The pair were last seen holidaying together in Byron Bay, NSW in January 2021.

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae.

Daily Mail Australia revealed last December that Kate had split from her last known boyfriend, John Bell (pictured), a cybersecurity expert in her mid-20s, after dating for less than a year

Daily Mail Australia revealed last December that Kate had split from her last known boyfriend, John Bell (pictured), a cybersecurity expert in her mid-20s, after dating for less than a year

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae.  (They are pictured here in Sydney on January 11, 2019)

The former soap star was previously married to retired NRL player Stuart Webb, with whom she shares a daughter, Mae. (They are pictured here in Sydney on January 11, 2019)

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