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Wednesday 11th December 2019

Emmerdale's James Moore pulled over for drink driving after onlooker mistakes ataxic cerebral palsy for being drunk

James is part of the Emmerdale cast

Actor James Moore, who plays Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale, was pulled over for drink driving after an onlooker mistook his ataxic cerebral palsy for being drunk.

In a series of tweets, Ryan explained that the charity Ataxia UK are running a campaign called 'disordered not drunk' where disabled people recount their stories of mistakenly being labelled drunk and went on to say he very recently had it happen to him.

James said that he went for a meal with his girlfriend Sophie, but unbeknownst to him, an onlooker called the police.

He was later pulled over and told a concerned citizen rang claiming he was driving under influence.

James went on to say that he took a breathalyser which proved he was sober.

James plays Ryan in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

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The Emmerdale star then said there needs to be more awareness as disability can affect balance and motor skills.

He also encouraged his followers just to ask if they see someone who appears drunk.

He ended his series of tweets by saying the police were "fantastic" and let him go very quickly.

Ataxic cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder that affects motor function and can cause problems with balance and coordination.

James won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards (Credit: ITV)

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James is the first actor with ataxic cerebral palsy to be a permanent cast member in Emmerdale.

He joined the cast last year as Charity Dingle's long-lost son and earlier this year won the National Television Award for Best Newcomer.

Recently, his character has been helping Kim Tate and Al Chapman improve the disabled facilities at the new outdoors centre.

Last week, disabled Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston revealed she was left in tears of frustration after a hotel asked if she'd mind being carried to her 'accessible' room as it had two steps.

She has since started a hashtag #takingthedis for people to share their stories of inaccessibility.

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