Pop star gets two-year ban for drink driving

Tim Rice-Oxley

Tim Rice-Oxley

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A MULTI-MILLION selling songwriter has been banned from driving for two years after being caught nearly three times the drink-drive limit.

Tim Rice-Oxley, 38, keyboard player and songwriter for soft rock band Keane, based in Battle, was stopped by police on the A27 at Berwick in April 11.

The musician, who was driving a Landrover Freelander, was arrested after a roadside breath test revealed 101 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

He was charged with drink driving and pleaded guilty at Hastings Magistrates Court on July 9.

Multimillionaire Rice-Oxley, of Milton Street, Polegate, was fined £750, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £75.

He was banned from the roads for 24 months – reduced by 24 weeks if he successfully completes a driving course.

Representatives for the musician declined to comment when contacted by The Argus.

But police said it was “totally unacceptable” to risk the lives of others by getting behind the wheel after having a drink.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “We are catching people of all ages, of both sexes and of a range of backgrounds and occupations who think it is ok to risk their lives and the lives of other road users by having a drink and then getting behind the wheel.

“It is totally unacceptable to drink and drive. As far as we are concerned, one drink is one drink too many."

Privately educated Rice-Oxley founded Keane with fellow Vinehall School pupil Tom Chaplin.

He was invited to join Coldplay by Chris Martin in 1997 but declined, going on to sell more than 10 million albums with Keane.

The Everybody’s Changing writer won an Ivor Novello Award for songwriter of the year in 2005.

He has written songs for Gary Barlow and Lily Allen. 

Rice-Oxley has a recording studio at his rural home near Alfriston and has cited the Sussex countryside and growing up in Battle as an influence on Keane.

The band’s lead singer Tom Chaplin had his own brush with controversy in 2006 after going to rehab for drug and drink abuse problems.

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7:50am Sat 19 Jul 14

Eddddd27 says...

Keane really were cr@p.
Keane really were cr@p. Eddddd27
  • Score: -15

7:57am Sat 19 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

Pop star!?
Pop star!? monkeymoo
  • Score: 9

8:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

Never heard of him.
Never heard of him. hoveguyactually
  • Score: -6

8:33am Sat 19 Jul 14

MikeTheKnight says...

Eddddd27 wrote:
Keane really were cr@p.
Were?? Their new music is played all the time on half decent national radio stations but rarely on **** fm and its' sh1t pop music collection
[quote][p][bold]Eddddd27[/bold] wrote: Keane really were cr@p.[/p][/quote]Were?? Their new music is played all the time on half decent national radio stations but rarely on **** fm and its' sh1t pop music collection MikeTheKnight
  • Score: 4

8:45am Sat 19 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Should be publicly horsewhipped with just a flash of skin left on his naked body. Sharp rock salt should then be rubbed in to the weeping wounds and then he should be made to sit in this sunshine with no protection for 5 hours.

Then whilst he is thinking on his sins and realises he is not untouchable all because he is in a pop band I have never heard of, perhaps he could thank his lucky stars his daughter or son has not been killed at the hands of a reckless drink driver.
Should be publicly horsewhipped with just a flash of skin left on his naked body. Sharp rock salt should then be rubbed in to the weeping wounds and then he should be made to sit in this sunshine with no protection for 5 hours. Then whilst he is thinking on his sins and realises he is not untouchable all because he is in a pop band I have never heard of, perhaps he could thank his lucky stars his daughter or son has not been killed at the hands of a reckless drink driver. NathanAdler
  • Score: -7

10:40am Sat 19 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

A multi millionaire but couldn't be bothered to get a taxi home - leads me to think this isn't the first time he's done this. Should have been jailed for 10 years.
A multi millionaire but couldn't be bothered to get a taxi home - leads me to think this isn't the first time he's done this. Should have been jailed for 10 years. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -7

10:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

The Real Phil says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
A multi millionaire but couldn't be bothered to get a taxi home - leads me to think this isn't the first time he's done this. Should have been jailed for 10 years.
Absolutely. He has enough money not to be concerned with any part of his "punishment" - therefore he has got away with it.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: A multi millionaire but couldn't be bothered to get a taxi home - leads me to think this isn't the first time he's done this. Should have been jailed for 10 years.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. He has enough money not to be concerned with any part of his "punishment" - therefore he has got away with it. The Real Phil
  • Score: 9

11:07am Sat 19 Jul 14

Eddddd27 says...

MikeTheKnight wrote:
Eddddd27 wrote:
Keane really were cr@p.
Were?? Their new music is played all the time on half decent national radio stations but rarely on **** fm and its' sh1t pop music collection
Oh Jesus. Seriously?? The thought they get any airplay terrifies me. I'm still having psychotherapy after accidentally hearing a toploader song some years back.
[quote][p][bold]MikeTheKnight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eddddd27[/bold] wrote: Keane really were cr@p.[/p][/quote]Were?? Their new music is played all the time on half decent national radio stations but rarely on **** fm and its' sh1t pop music collection[/p][/quote]Oh Jesus. Seriously?? The thought they get any airplay terrifies me. I'm still having psychotherapy after accidentally hearing a toploader song some years back. Eddddd27
  • Score: -5

11:18am Sat 19 Jul 14

Bsxking1 says...

Arsehole, 0 sympathy for any drink driver regardless of age or status, wonder what he would think if some drink driver hit a member of his family, I'm sure he wouldn't do it again!!
Arsehole, 0 sympathy for any drink driver regardless of age or status, wonder what he would think if some drink driver hit a member of his family, I'm sure he wouldn't do it again!! Bsxking1
  • Score: 8

11:40am Sat 19 Jul 14

The Real Justin Case says...

Aside from my having never heard of him, his 'pop band' or its 'music', I do wish that this country would get its act together on drink driving.
Every public poll since the 1960's has been overwhelmingly in favour of a zero blood alcohol when driving. It hasn't happened because too many MPs drink drive.
Although this idiot would feel no pain from it most would notice their car being seized if caught driving over the level. Bans do not work as 1 in 25 drivers are on the road illegally right now.
Aside from my having never heard of him, his 'pop band' or its 'music', I do wish that this country would get its act together on drink driving. Every public poll since the 1960's has been overwhelmingly in favour of a zero blood alcohol when driving. It hasn't happened because too many MPs drink drive. Although this idiot would feel no pain from it most would notice their car being seized if caught driving over the level. Bans do not work as 1 in 25 drivers are on the road illegally right now. The Real Justin Case
  • Score: 6

12:06pm Sat 19 Jul 14

FatherTed11 says...

who?
who? FatherTed11
  • Score: 4

12:09pm Sat 19 Jul 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Why hasn't the Argus provided a victim support helpline telephone number for those unfortunate people who bought this appalling muzak.

Callers being able to anonymously discuss (without being judged) such a deeply shameful episode in their life - hitting rock bottom and purchasing a Keane album - seems essential for so many starting the long journey to recovery.
Then again, all these 'right to die' arguments could so easily be settled immediately by forcing MPs to listen to Coldplay and Keane for 3 hours.
Why hasn't the Argus provided a victim support helpline telephone number for those unfortunate people who bought this appalling muzak. Callers being able to anonymously discuss (without being judged) such a deeply shameful episode in their life - hitting rock bottom and purchasing a Keane album - seems essential for so many starting the long journey to recovery. Then again, all these 'right to die' arguments could so easily be settled immediately by forcing MPs to listen to Coldplay and Keane for 3 hours. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: -3

12:15pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane.

Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa.
I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane. Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa. stevo!!
  • Score: -5

12:58pm Sat 19 Jul 14

jackthekipper says...

thats too lenient 3 times over should be ban for atleast 3yrs,couldve killed somebody ,a,pedestrian or motorcyclist most likely.
no excuses
thats too lenient 3 times over should be ban for atleast 3yrs,couldve killed somebody ,a,pedestrian or motorcyclist most likely. no excuses jackthekipper
  • Score: 6

1:08pm Sat 19 Jul 14

lewes road low life says...

hardly fit punishment or fine for a multi millionare is it ? whilst others could lose their job and livelyhood if they were to be banned from driving for 2 years I doubt Tim could really give a monkeys, he will just have to pay to be driven around , hardly going to be a financial struggle for him. A custodial sentence or even community service would have hit him harder.
hardly fit punishment or fine for a multi millionare is it ? whilst others could lose their job and livelyhood if they were to be banned from driving for 2 years I doubt Tim could really give a monkeys, he will just have to pay to be driven around , hardly going to be a financial struggle for him. A custodial sentence or even community service would have hit him harder. lewes road low life
  • Score: 8

1:36pm Sat 19 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

stevo!! wrote:
I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane.

Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa.
Stevo

Without Googling.

1, Name the ORIGINAL lineup of the Beach Boys

2. Name 4 Bobby Darin hits

3. Who sang "The Night has a 1000 Eyes"

Then tell me I have never heard of blooming Keane!!!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane. Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa.[/p][/quote]Stevo Without Googling. 1, Name the ORIGINAL lineup of the Beach Boys 2. Name 4 Bobby Darin hits 3. Who sang "The Night has a 1000 Eyes" Then tell me I have never heard of blooming Keane!!! NathanAdler
  • Score: -6

1:57pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Geneve says...

You could discourage drink-driving by forcing people who had been banned to retake their driving test.
You could discourage drink-driving by forcing people who had been banned to retake their driving test. Geneve
  • Score: 8

2:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Should be publicly horsewhipped with just a flash of skin left on his naked body. Sharp rock salt should then be rubbed in to the weeping wounds and then he should be made to sit in this sunshine with no protection for 5 hours.

Then whilst he is thinking on his sins and realises he is not untouchable all because he is in a pop band I have never heard of, perhaps he could thank his lucky stars his daughter or son has not been killed at the hands of a reckless drink driver.
Not even amusing even as satire.
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Should be publicly horsewhipped with just a flash of skin left on his naked body. Sharp rock salt should then be rubbed in to the weeping wounds and then he should be made to sit in this sunshine with no protection for 5 hours. Then whilst he is thinking on his sins and realises he is not untouchable all because he is in a pop band I have never heard of, perhaps he could thank his lucky stars his daughter or son has not been killed at the hands of a reckless drink driver.[/p][/quote]Not even amusing even as satire. Goldenwight
  • Score: -5

3:05pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

NathanAdler wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane.

Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa.
Stevo

Without Googling.

1, Name the ORIGINAL lineup of the Beach Boys

2. Name 4 Bobby Darin hits

3. Who sang "The Night has a 1000 Eyes"

Then tell me I have never heard of blooming Keane!!!
Did I claim that you hadn't??

"you lot " is used to describe a defined group of people, in this case those who haven't heard of this person.

It wasn't used to describe everyone on the thread.

Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance?
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: I can't believe you lot have never heard of Keane. Let's hope this doesn't interfere too much with his job at Villa.[/p][/quote]Stevo Without Googling. 1, Name the ORIGINAL lineup of the Beach Boys 2. Name 4 Bobby Darin hits 3. Who sang "The Night has a 1000 Eyes" Then tell me I have never heard of blooming Keane!!![/p][/quote]Did I claim that you hadn't?? "you lot " is used to describe a defined group of people, in this case those who haven't heard of this person. It wasn't used to describe everyone on the thread. Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance? stevo!!
  • Score: -2

5:17pm Sat 19 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Stevo

"Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance?"

Yes please. Can you tell me what a question is because you haven't answered mine, Ergo, perhaps I am wrong.

Thanks.
Stevo "Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance?" Yes please. Can you tell me what a question is because you haven't answered mine, Ergo, perhaps I am wrong. Thanks. NathanAdler
  • Score: -2

5:27pm Sat 19 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Stevo

"Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance?"

Yes please. Can you tell me what a question is because you haven't answered mine, Ergo, perhaps I am wrong.

Thanks.
A question is: A sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information.


Your enquiries on anything should be directed to anyone who gives a rat's.

HTH
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Stevo "Any more terms with which you require remedial assistance?" Yes please. Can you tell me what a question is because you haven't answered mine, Ergo, perhaps I am wrong. Thanks.[/p][/quote]A question is: A sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information. Your enquiries on anything should be directed to anyone who gives a rat's. HTH stevo!!
  • Score: -6

8:51pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

The Real Justin Case wrote:
Aside from my having never heard of him, his 'pop band' or its 'music', I do wish that this country would get its act together on drink driving.
Every public poll since the 1960's has been overwhelmingly in favour of a zero blood alcohol when driving. It hasn't happened because too many MPs drink drive.
Although this idiot would feel no pain from it most would notice their car being seized if caught driving over the level. Bans do not work as 1 in 25 drivers are on the road illegally right now.
Rubbish. There has never been a single poll in favour of zero blood alcohol when driving. This is a complete fabrication. Utter nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Justin Case[/bold] wrote: Aside from my having never heard of him, his 'pop band' or its 'music', I do wish that this country would get its act together on drink driving. Every public poll since the 1960's has been overwhelmingly in favour of a zero blood alcohol when driving. It hasn't happened because too many MPs drink drive. Although this idiot would feel no pain from it most would notice their car being seized if caught driving over the level. Bans do not work as 1 in 25 drivers are on the road illegally right now.[/p][/quote]Rubbish. There has never been a single poll in favour of zero blood alcohol when driving. This is a complete fabrication. Utter nonsense. Quiterie
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Sat 19 Jul 14

JoeBlow says...

Typical and predictable arrogant music snobs out in force on here I see.
Typical and predictable arrogant music snobs out in force on here I see. JoeBlow
  • Score: -1

12:00am Sun 20 Jul 14

LizzyNL says...

JoeBlow wrote:
Typical and predictable arrogant music snobs out in force on here I see.
Agreed. Being a lover of Keane music, it's sad to read this article about Tim. No one is above the law, but no need for commenters to slam popstars or their success, Tim is probably one if the most grounded popstars I know of. This ban will hopefully help him to sort himself out, it's probably happened before, seeing as it's such a long ban.
May I just ask the editor why his address is published? Tim's entitled to his privacy. Thanks.
[quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: Typical and predictable arrogant music snobs out in force on here I see.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Being a lover of Keane music, it's sad to read this article about Tim. No one is above the law, but no need for commenters to slam popstars or their success, Tim is probably one if the most grounded popstars I know of. This ban will hopefully help him to sort himself out, it's probably happened before, seeing as it's such a long ban. May I just ask the editor why his address is published? Tim's entitled to his privacy. Thanks. LizzyNL
  • Score: 12

12:56am Sun 20 Jul 14

The Real Justin Case says...

"Tim is probably one if the most grounded popstars I know of"
Of course he is. Grounded by the Court for drink driving. Community Service order. Take up his play time.
"Tim is probably one if the most grounded popstars I know of" Of course he is. Grounded by the Court for drink driving. Community Service order. Take up his play time. The Real Justin Case
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Sun 20 Jul 14

JeevesMcMontague says...

Should be locked up for nearly killing someone. What a selfish c unt.
Should be locked up for nearly killing someone. What a selfish c unt. JeevesMcMontague
  • Score: -9

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