Outrageous TV star over the limit

MICHAEL DONALDSON
Last updated 05:00 03/06/2012
Robyn Malcolm
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OVER THE LIMIT: Robyn Malcolm.

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Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm has described herself as a ''bloody idiot'' after testing over the legal limit at a random breath test at a downtown Auckland checkpoint last month.

Malcolm has not yet been charged with any offence relating to the tests but agreed to make a statement to the Sunday Star-Times after it learned of the incident.

Malcolm took the evidential breath-test at a checkpoint in Hopetoun St, Auckland, on May 19 at about 10pm.

''I had been routinely stopped and breath tested and found to be over the legal limit for alcohol,'' Malcolm said in a statement. 

''It was, and is my intention to front up the media about this as I have no interest in hiding what happened. However I was advised by my lawyer not to comment until I had been charged.  

''As this issue will now be made public prior to any charge, I would like to front up regardless.

''I had been out for dinner with colleagues on the night in question. I was driving a friend home when I was stopped at a routine checkpoint. I was not speeding or driving in a dangerous manner. I told the police officer that I had been out to dinner, and had drunk wine.   

''I was subsequently breath tested at the check point, and have given a blood test. I am currently awaiting the results to the blood test. At this stage I have not been formally charged with anything.

''I have been advised by my lawyer not to make any further comment at this time. But I deeply regret my lack of judgement and sheer stupidity. I feel like a bloody idiot.''

Malcolm told the Star-Times she had been work-shopping all day on a new TV series and went out to dinner with her colleagues afterwards. As she left the restaurant she questioned herself as to whether she was fit to drive.

''Walking across the road I said to myself 'are you OK?  I concluded that I was. Clearly I was not. On reflection even if you have to even ask yourself that question, you just shouldn't drive. I feel incredibly angry at myself that at my age I've had to learn this lesson in this way. I should have known better.''

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