Model spared pri­son af­ter sec­ond drink drive of­fence

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

AMODEL has been spared jail af­ter be­ing caught drink driv­ing for a sec­ond time.

Mon­ica McDer­mott, 41, could not walk straight when po­lice stopped her black Lexus on Churchill Way.

The for­mer model and mum-of-one of Mill Lane, Macclesfield, re­fused to give a breath sam­ple. When po­lice fi­nally man­aged to breathal­yse her she was three times the limit.

McDer­mott, who works for a mar­ket­ing com­pany, pleaded guilty to drink driv­ing at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates court.

It came af­ter she avoided pri­son in 2012 when she crashed her car in Alder­ley Edge while four times the legal limit. She was banned from driv­ing for two years.

Pros­e­cut­ing Deb­bie Byrne said: “Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about a black Lexus driv­ing all over the road and nearly hit­ting cars. The of­fi­cer turned on the emer­gency lights but the car made no at­tempt to stop. He drove di­ag­o­nally to block her way. She crept the car for­ward like she was try­ing to drive off. He reached in­side to turn the en­gine off. When she got out she strug­gled to walk in a straight line. She re­fused to give a breath sam­ple and tried to get out of the po­lice car. The of­fi­cer used cap­tor spray and called of­fi­cers to re­strain her.”

McDer­mott told magis- trates she had been drink­ing more be­cause she felt iso­lated af­ter mov­ing home.

She said: “My son was away on a trip and I was lonely. I had been drink­ing in the af­ter­noon and got my­self in a state. My friend said to go around and stay the night. I’d had a bot­tle of wine but thought I’d left enough time and would be ok. I couldn’t be­lieve I got in this mess again.

“I could have harmed some­one. I’m em­bar­rassed and ashamed.”

Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Mike Ish­er­wood said McDer­mott has had a se­ries of trau­matic life ex­pe­ri­ences.

Adrian Long, chair­man of the bench, said: “We’ve lis­tened to what you and Mr Ish­er­wood said but it was a very high read­ing and you have a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion.”

She was given an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der, al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme, 120 hours un­paid work and was banned from driv­ing for four years.

Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Mike Ish­er­wood said: “Her ex­pe­ri­ences in life have been chaotic. I don’t think she’d cope well in pri­son. I’ve not seen any­one with such low mood.”

●● Model Mon­ica McDer­mott was three times the drink-drive limit

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