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


Radio star Kate Ritchie has been arrested and banned for drink driving on the eve of her TV comeback as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent

  • Kate Ritchie was pulled over by police for drink-driving in Paigewood, Sydney
  • She returned a positive breath test and was fined and had her licence suspended
  • Driving ban comes as she is makes her TV comeback on Australia’s Got Talent

Radio host Kate Ritchie has been arrested for drink-diving after she was pulled over by police in Sydney on Monday.

The Nova FM personality and former child star on Home and Away was stopped by police in Paigewood where she returned a positive breath test.

Ritchie, 44, has since been fined and had her licence suspended, Seven News reported. 

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

Radio host Kate Ritchie has been arrested for drink-diving after she was pulled over by police in Sydney on Monday

Nova FM radio host Kate Ritchie certainly had her hands full when she was three days before her arrest as she ran errands in Sydney while clad in a casually chic ensemble

Nova FM radio host Kate Ritchie certainly had her hands full when she was three days before her arrest as she ran errands in Sydney while clad in a casually chic ensemble

She was spotted running errands in Sydney three days before her arrest while clad in a casually chic ensemble.

Ritchie clutched two punnets of raspberries, her iPhone and a folded piece of paper in one hand, and carried a take-away coffee in the other.

Kate was wrapped up warm in a white hoodie layered under a stylish raincoat from Hunter, which retails for about $300.

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

The former Home and Away star slung a woven bag over one shoulder, and kept a low profile 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 Theatre last month.

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

While no premiere date has been announced, the program will most likely launch after the conclusion of My Kitchen Rules.

Kate and her fellow Australia's Got Talent judges David Walliams (top right), Alesha Dixon (bottom right) and Shane Jacobson (bottom left) filmed the show's season finale last month

Kate and her fellow Australia’s Got Talent judges David Walliams (top right), Alesha Dixon (bottom right) and Shane Jacobson (bottom left) filmed the show’s season finale last month

Daily Mail Australia revealed last December Kate had split from her last known boyfriend, John Bell, a cyber security expert in his mid-twenties, after a whirlwind romance of less than a year.

‘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 borders to Victoria opened a few weeks ago. She hasn’t mentioned wanting to visit him once.’

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

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 Kate had split from her last known boyfriend, John Bell (pictured), a cyber security expert in his mid-twenties, after dating for less than a year

Daily Mail Australia revealed last December Kate had split from her last known boyfriend, John Bell (pictured), a cyber security expert in his mid-twenties, 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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