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Criminal Law: Michael Barrymore arrested after drink and drugs car crash

Television personality Michael Barrymore has been charged with being in possession of drugs and being drunk and disorderly after he was involved in a car accident last week.

On Tuesday 22 November at 4.30am, Barrymore was arrested, under his real name of Michael Parker, with another man in his 30s after their car, a Citroen DS3, hit a kerb in West London.

A source said: "The car had collided with the kerb just off the main road.

"The officers were ­surprised when they stopped and realised one of the men was Michael Barrymore.

"During the arrest Barry­more, it is claimed, got a bit lippy with the officers so they arrested him for being drunk and disorderly as well."

Police are currently uncertain which man was behind the wheel of the car when it crashed. And after searching the vehicle, the police found a stash of drugs.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "Michael Parker, 59, of London W3 appears on bail at Ealing Magistrates' Court on Wednesday December 7 charged with possession of a Class A drug, namely cocaine, and being drunk and disorderly."

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, possession of a class A drug can carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison or an unlimited fine, or both.

The penalty for being drunk and disorderly is a fine. However, if Barrymore is found to have been the driver of the vehicle he could face a minimum 12-month driving ban, a fine up to £5000 and possibly a jail sentence.

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