Blue singer Lee Ryan pleads guilty to criminal damage

He has been banned from driving for two years and fined £3,325

Blue‘s Lee Ryan has pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Ryan has been fined £3,325 and also been banned from driving for two years after the boy band member was spotted by police driving erratically in Ealing, West London at 5.30am on April 11, reportedly in a ‘drunken state’. He was charged with failing to provide police a specimen and criminal damage. BBC Newsbeat reports that Ryan also urinated in his cell following his arrest and swore at police officers, apparently telling officers “I didn’t realise there was a toilet here.”

Last month Ryan said that he was going to check into rehab following his arrest. Speaking to the Daily Star, Ryan said: “I know I’ve let people down. Being arrested and ending up in a cell was the biggest wake-up call to me. It made me ­realise there is a problem I can’t keep ignoring. I need to do something about it.”

He went on to say that he has been drinking heavily alone at home over the past few months and is only sleeping one hour a night. He was said to be planning on checking into The Priory. He explained: “Me going to rehab isn’t a cop-out. I still take full responsibility for the way I’ve behaved. There is nobody to blame but myself and I’m deeply ashamed of what has happened. I am doing this because I have finally admitted I need help. I want to stop hurting the people around me.”