South Shields woman caught over limit - after drinking champagne while on ‘stupid’ crash diet

Police stopping a driver.
Police stopping a driver.

A woman blamed her daughter’s ‘stupid’ crash diet for landing her in the dock for a drink-drive offence.

Inge Fryer was given a year-long driving ban after she drank two-and-a-half glasses of champagne at the bar where she worked in Newcastle before being stopped by police in South Shields in the early hours.

Her mother said that she had nothing to eat that day as she had been on a stupid diet.

David Forrester

The 31-year-old mother-of-one believed she would be under the limit when she got behind the wheel.

Fryer, who has no previous convictions, admitted driving with excess alcohol when she appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

David Forrester, defending, said Fryer’s mum pinpointed her diet as a possible cause of her breath test failure.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “Police stopped a white Volkswagen Polo driving on the A184, in South Shields, at 3.40am on Wednesday, June 17. The defendant failed a roadside breath test.”

Fryer, of Hampshire Way, South Shields, recorded a reading of 51mcg of alcohol in breath – above the legal limit of 35mcg.

David Forrester, defending, said: “Her mother has said that she had nothing to eat that day as she had been on a stupid diet – this is important in terms of how long the alcohol stays in your system.”

Drink-driving campaign group Think! says the amount a person has eaten can impact on how much you can drink – and advise motorists to stay booze-free.

Fryer was also fined £200, a criminal courts charge of £150 along with £85 prosecution costs and £20 victim surcharge.