Drunk driver downs hand sanitiser in a bid to confuse polices breath test

A woman caught drink-driving after violently swerving across the road attempted to try and fool the police's breath test by filling her mouth with hand sanitiser.

Sophie Nutter's plan backfired badly when she came very close to being locked up for Christmas.

The 29-year-old had narrowly avoided being locked up last year for heroine and crack cocaine possession charges with intent to supply, Hull Crown Court heard.

Nutter, from Beverley, admitted drink-driving and using a vehicle likely to cause danger of injury on April 7, Hull Live reports.

The court head that Nutter was driving her White Suzuki when a police officer noticed the car violently swerving all over the road.

The car was reportedly going to and from the centre line.

Officers eventually signalled for Nutter to stop, where they discovered that all of her tyres were flat and the windscreen had been smashed.

They also found dried blood on a rear door and a small amount on a front headlight.

Police asked the woman to provide a breath sample but she refused to do so twice.

The woman eventually provided a breath specimen of 5mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, exceeding the legal limit of 35mcg.

Recorder Alex Menary told the court that Nutter put hand sanitiser in her mouth in an effort to reduce the alcohol reading but it did not work.

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Nutter had convictions for four previous offences.

The former shop assistant was in breach of a two-year suspended prison sentence imposed at Hull Crown Court on October 9 last year.

The offences involved in that matter were possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property on March 26, 2019.

She also had an offence of being concerned in supplying cocaine on November 1, 2018.

Nutter was told in court that she had only narrowly avoided being jailed through activating the suspended sentence.

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But he warned her that she would almost certainly face a prison sentence if she committed any more offences or breached the order again.

Nutter was given a one-year community order, including 20 days' rehabilitation, as well as 25 hours' unpaid work.

She was banned from driving for 23 months and was ordered to pay £100 costs.

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