Coronation Street's 'Rita' Gives Knutsford Police Easiest Arrest of 2014
Rita Tanner - aka Barbara Knox - was arrested by Knutsford police.
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, 80, has been arrested for suspected drink driving. The soap veteran - who plays Rita Tanner (previously Sullivan) - was allegedly arrested after driving herself to Cheshire's Knutsford Police Station to demand the release of her daughter - who had been arrested for the same offence.
Barbara Knox Was Arrested On Suspicion of Drink-Driving
Knox's daughter Maxine Ashcroft was reportedly pulled over and breathalysed following an afternoon out with her mum - she was found to be almost three times the legal limit for driving.
According to The Sun, Knox then allegedly drove herself to the police station where she banged on a police station door yelling. "Do you know who I am?"
A source told the newspaper: "She turned up at the police station knocking on the door and demanding her daughter be released.
"But the officers suspected she had driven to the station herself so they arrested her as well."
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police added: "A 56-year-old woman from Gloucestershire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
"An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford later arrived at Knutsford Police Station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and bailed."
Knox made her Coronation Street debut in December 1963 and was, until 2006, the highest paid actress. At the 2004 British Soap Awards, Knox was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her portrayal of Rita. At the 2006 ceremony, Knox and Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris, won the award for "Best On-Screen Partnership".