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