Kate Ritchie to return to Nova FM’s drive show today after drink-driving incident

Kate Ritchie to return to Nova FM’s drive show TODAY after her drink-driving incident and rumours she was being replaced by Ricki-Lee Coulter

Kate Ritchie is staying at Nova FM – despite reports of her possible departure following a drink-driving incident – and will return to the studio on Monday afternoon with co-hosts Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey.

The 44-year-old, one third of the popular Kate, Tim & Joel drive show, posted a photo to Instagram on Saturday of the three presenters in the back of a car on their way to work.

‘Back with the gang on set today…’ she wrote in the caption.

Kate Ritchie (centre) is staying at Nova FM and will return to the studio on Monday afternoon with co-hosts Tim Blackwell (left) and Joel Creasey (right) following her drink-driving incident

Kate Ritchie (centre) is staying at Nova FM and will return to the studio on Monday afternoon with co-hosts Tim Blackwell (left) and Joel Creasey (right) following her drink-driving incident

Joel, 32, commented below the post: ‘She’s back, baby! Love you and can’t wait to bants with you.’ 

He also posted on his Instagram Stories: ‘Our captain returns tomorrow.’

Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced by Ricki-Lee Coulter following her drink-driving charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case.

The 44-year-old, one third of the popular Kate, Tim & Joel drive show, posted this photo to Instagram on Saturday of the three presenters in the back of a car on their way to work

The 44-year-old, one third of the popular Kate, Tim & Joel drive show, posted this photo to Instagram on Saturday of the three presenters in the back of a car on their way to work 

They assured they ‘have no plans for any changes to the Kate, Tim & Joel drive show or Kate’s role within the show’, calling her a ‘talented broadcaster and respected member’ of the team.

Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22.

She was immediately arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station, where she underwent a secondary breath analysis which returned a positive reading of 0.06, just a shade over the legal limit of 0.05.

Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced with Ricki-Lee Coulter following her drink-driving charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case

Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced with Ricki-Lee Coulter following her drink-driving charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case 

Kate was fined $600 on the spot and suspended from driving for three months.

She has since apologised for her actions and said she made a ‘poor decision’.

‘Recently I undertook a random breath test. Although it was low level, the test came back positive,’ she wrote on Instagram.

Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22

Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22 

‘I made a poor decision and there is no doubt I understand the seriousness of my actions. I am truly sorry.’

The former child star on Home and Away was stopped by police for a random breath test at 2.45pm on Heffron Rd in Pagewood on the day of the incident.

A police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: ‘She was issued with an infringement notice for the offence of Drive with Low Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol and issued a Licence Suspension Notice.’

Kate was fined $600 on the spot and suspended from driving for three months. She later apologised for her actions and said she made a 'poor decision'

Kate was fined $600 on the spot and suspended from driving for three months. She later apologised for her actions and said she made a ‘poor decision’ 

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