A booze beautician has been banned from driving at 7pm following a curfew after being caught more than three times.
Nail technician Olivia Stokes – who calls herself “Quinnie” – followed the whale with friends at 2am after a pub filled with alcohol.
The 23-year-old said she found herself trapped eight miles away and had nowhere to live after her cell phone battery “died”.
She had gone to Nutsford on January 7 to meet a client before the end of a drunken night with friends, arranging to stay at a friend’s house nearby.
Stokes’ phone allegedly died, causing her to “panic” after she remembered her workcut at Vokes Hall Corsa and decided to grab it.
Neil Tech, from Northwich, Cheshire, claimed she was unable to contact or recall her friend at the time.
She then made the “stupid decision to drive” after claiming to be back at the bar to find out if she was stopping for drinks.
Stokes got into his car and was barely a mile away when he was pulled over by patrol police for reckless driving.
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Tests show that the 23-year-old had 99 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
Officers also found two bottles of alcohol in the passenger seat of Stokes’ car.
The beautician confessed to driving under the influence of alcohol and was disqualified from driving for 26 months in Stockport Magistrate’s Court.
He was also given a curfew from 7pm to 7pm.
Prosecutor Robin Lynch told the hearing: “The car sped away, so officers stopped the car to talk to the driver.
“Officers could smell drugs in his breath.”
In a nutshell, defense attorney Victoria Thompson suggested that Stokes was having a “very difficult time” and was foolishly intoxicated because he had not seen his friends for a long time because of Covid.
Ms Thompson continued: “She had a difficult time in her life with a lack of work.
‘A clean break’
“She was struggling and taking fluoxetine for depression and anxiety. She is a former good character woman.
“It was a blessing he was stopped, because who knows what would have happened if he had continued to drive. He is scared and deeply ashamed.”
Stokes is now looking forward to a “fresh start” and is set to start a new job at a new company in Jersey from March 1.
Ms Thompson explained: “She has family and friends in Jersey, and it’s a clean break.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“There is no ongoing problem with alcohol and he has the support of his family.”
After a two-year ban on Stokes, his father is now taking over the running of the Vauxhall Corsa.
He was also ordered to pay £ 180 in surcharges and was offered a place in the Drunk Driver Rehabilitation Course.