Drink-driver downed four pints and bottle of wine but had silly excuse for crash
A mum crashed into a ditch after drinking four pints and a bottle of wine but blamed the crash on seeing a fox's eyes.
Allison Weightman was on the way to pick up her 15-year-old daughter when she crashed near Shiremoor, North Tyneside.
The part-time barmaid, from Earsdon in Northumberland, blamed the fact she flipped her car over on seeing a fox's eyes.
But she was so drunk that when a passer-by stopped to help and pull her out of the car wreckage, she actually fell back into her Ford Ka, reports Chronicle Live .
According to a breath test on the 47-year old, she had consumed over four times the drink-drive limit on January 16 when the road smash took place.
The legal drink-drive limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol . Weightman blew a reading of 149 microgrammes when she was tested.
She has now been banned from driving as this is her second conviction for getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Magistrates decided to spare her prison after the court heard it would be a "nightmare" for her family if she were jailed.
Prosecutor Rebecca Gibson said: "The defendant has fallen back into the car due to her intoxication."
Someone passing by rushed to help Weightman, but apparently the mum tried to walk home but fell over again.
Weightman went home, ran a bath and poured herself another drink.
But a short while later, after hearing a knock at her door, she answered it in her nightwear and it was the police.
Weightman was then arrested.
She was banned for a very similar drink-driving offence back in 2006.
John Kirkham, mitigating, told North Tyneside Magistrates' Court that Weightman was having a "hard time" with her mental health and was depressed.
"She's desperate for help," he said at the sentencing last Friday, March 6.
Kirkham claimed the defendant usually drinks a couple of cans when she gets home and then does some housework.
When she got into the car she had already received a couple of texts from her daughter saying she wasn't coming home, which is what led her to get behind the wheel.
"She lost control because, as she told police, she saw the eyes of a fox caught in the headlines," Kirkham explained.
Weightman did plead guilty to drink driving and magistrates told her she was "very close" to being jailed.
Instead she got 140 hours of unpaid work and a three-year driving ban.
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