Glam­our model’s drink-drive shame

For­mer to­p­less model caught drink-driv­ing claims she is ‘strug­gling with work dry­ing up’

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By AMY WALKER

A FOR­MER to­p­less model banned from the road for drink-driv­ing on the M60 said she is ‘strug­gling’ to deal with the end of her ca­reer.

Holly Peers, 32, failed a breath test af­ter she was stopped for il­le­gally driv­ing her Fiat 500 onto a lane of the motorway which had been closed off due to road­works.

Tests re­vealed Peers – who ap­pears as a ‘soc­cerette’ on TV’s Soc­cer AM and was in the top 100 ‘sex­i­est babes’ for for­mer lads mag­a­zine Nuts – was over the al­co­hol limit. She claimed to have drunk two bot­tles of beer be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel.

At Manch­ester mag­is­trates court, Peers, from Swin­ton, Sal­ford, ad­mit­ted driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol and breach of a lane clo­sure. She pleaded for the bench to be le­nient, say­ing she was hav­ing to em­bark on a new ca­reer as her mod­el­ling work was ‘dry­ing up.’

Peers was banned from driv­ing for 12 months and of­fered a place on drinkdriver re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course.

She was also fined £400 and or­dered to pay £125 in costs and sur­charges.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 1am on Novem­ber 10. Peers, who had been out with friends, was driv­ing home along the M60 when she was spot­ted at junc­tion 13 for Sal­ford.

David Mor­gan, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Two lanes were closed and an elec­tronic sign di­rected drivers that the lanes were closed. A po­lice ve­hi­cle was in at­ten­dance and had its lights flash­ing and in those lanes them­selves road work­ers were car­ry­ing out work on them. But the de­fen­dant was seen driv­ing into the lanes by po­lice of­fi­cers who pulled her over and she ad­mit­ted she had con­sumed some al­co­hol.

“She told of­fi­cers she had con­sumed two bot­tles of beer be­fore driv­ing the ve­hi­cle. The po­lice of­fi­cers con­ducted a road­side breath test, which she failed and she was driven to cus­tody. She has never been con­victed be­fore, she has never been be­fore the courts be­fore.”

Tests showed Peers had 46 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath. The le­gal limit is 35mg.

Stephen Con­nor, de­fend­ing, said: “This is a sad day for the de­fen­dant. She has no con­vic­tions against her, she is 32 and en­tered a timely guilty plea, and sadly now has lost her good char­ac­ter.

“This lady co-op­er­ated fully with po­lice both at the road­side and the po­lice sta­tion. “She con­firms to me she con­sumed two bot­tles of beer and she thought she was okay to drive that day. This was not a par­tic­u­larly high read­ing. She told the of­fi­cer she saw other peo­ple do­ing the same thing, and it was be­ing pulled over for the road­side breath test which brought her be­fore this court.

“She has a gen­uine level of re­morse. This has been an un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for her as well as go­ing to the po­lice sta­tion. This has been a dif­fi­cult les­son for her to learn and one she has learned.

“She comes be­fore this court ex­press­ing gen­uine re­morse, which is clear to­day from her guilty plea at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

“She is a self-em­ployed model, but work is dry­ing up and she is strug­gling. She is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing a make-up course and will be self em­ployed in that ven­ture. The loss of her li­cence is in­evitable and will dra­mat­i­cally af­fect her course and job op­por­tu­ni­ties. This was not a high read­ing. I ask you to be as le­nient as pos­si­ble.”

Sen­tenc­ing Peers, mag­is­trates said: “The drink-drive rule is there for a pur­pose as you know. The worst sit­u­a­tion is you could have killed some­one. This has been a salu­tary les­son for you.”

Holly Peers was stopped when she il­le­gally drove her Fiat 500 onto a lane closed off for road­works. Be­low left: The model out­side court

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