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Tulisa Contostavlos handed 15-month ban after pleading guilty to drink driving

Tulisa Contostavlos arriving at court on Monday morning Credit: PA

Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos broke down in tears in court as she pleaded guilty to drink-driving after crashing a Ferrari.

The 27-year-old singer admitted being over the limit during the incident outside Southgate Tube station in north London on September 10 last year.

She pleaded guilty to driving with 54 microgrammes of alcohol in millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The former N-Dubz singer was disqualified from driving for 15 months and ordered to pay a total of £1,185.

She had arrived at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court wearing sunglasses, a dark blazer and trousers and had her hair in a low bun.

More than 20 photographers were waiting to snap the pop star, who cried when she was asked to state her Enfield address in court.

The court heard that Contostavlos had consumed two glasses of wine before the incident involving her Ferrari, which she has since sold.

Tarika Jayaratne, prosecuting, said the star drove "on the wrong side of the road" and hit a vehicle which was carrying two people.

Ms Jayaratne told the court that, during her interview at the police station, Contostavlos said she was "sleep-walking" or "sleep-driving" at the time.

A charge of dangerous driving was dropped by prosecutors.