Drunk driver tried to trick the reader into breathing by knocking down the handwasher

Sophie Nutter was lucky to escape from prison (Image: Hull Daily Mail / MEN Media)

A drink driver tried to fool police by squirting some hand sanitizer before taking a breather – not realizing it contained alcohol.

Sophie Nutter, 29, overturned after she was seen crossing the lane in a clapping Suzuki Swift on April 7.

When staff approached her window, they found the sales assistant with four flat tires as well as a broken windshield and ‘her eyes were glazed over’.

The 29-year-old Beverley, East Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to drunk driving and using a vehicle that could cause danger or injury at Hull Crown Court.

The court heard that Nutter was driving along Grange Road, in Beverley, when an officer noticed the vehicle swerving violently across the road.

She was pulled over shortly after turning onto Rowan Avenue.

Officers noticed that all the tires on the vehicle were flat, the windshield was smashed and the vehicle had two very large dents.

There are also dried blood stains on the rear doors and some blood on the front headlights.

Her plan to reduce the sanitiser hand to change the way the breath is read failed spectacularly (Image: Hull Daily Mail/MEN Media)

The court heard Nutter twice for refusing to provide breath samples.

Finally, she provides a breath sample containing 52mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The judge, Recorder Alex Menary, said Nutter put hand sanitizer in her mouth in an attempt to lower her alcohol level – a ploy that quickly backfired.

The court that tried her had been convicted of four previous counts.

By the time she was drunk driving, she had breached a two-year suspended prison sentence that was imposed in the same court on October 9 last year.

On that occasion, she was convicted of possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply and appropriate criminal property in March 2019.

She also committed an offense related to the supply of cocaine in November 2018.

Even so, Nutter was spared an immediate prison sentence.

She was ordered to community for 12 months, including 20 days of rehabilitation and had to do 25 hours of unpaid work.

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

Recording Menary telling Nutter she’s lucky she doesn’t have to spend Christmas behind bars.

But he warned her that she would almost certainly face prison if she did it again or broke the order again.

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Huynh Nguyen

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