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A drink-driver tried to fool police by swallowing hand sanitiser before a breath test – without realising that the anti-bacterial gel contained alcohol.

Shop assistant Sophie Nutter, 29, was told by a judge she was lucky not to be spending Christmas behind bars after the test showed 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms. 

She had been spotted swerving across the road in her Suzuki Swift with four flat tyres and a broken windscreen.

Shop assistant Sophie Nutter, 29, was told by a judge she was lucky not to be spending Christmas behind bars after the test showed 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath

Shop assistant Sophie Nutter, 29, was told by a judge she was lucky not to be spending Christmas behind bars after the test showed 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath

Shop assistant Sophie Nutter, 29, was told by a judge she was lucky not to be spending Christmas behind bars after the test showed 52 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath

She had been spotted swerving across the road in her Suzuki Swift with four flat tyres and a broken windscreen

She had been spotted swerving across the road in her Suzuki Swift with four flat tyres and a broken windscreen

She had been spotted swerving across the road in her Suzuki Swift with four flat tyres and a broken windscreen

Police found her slurping from a bottle of hand sanitiser.

The mother from Beverley, East Yorkshire, admitted drink-driving and using a vehicle likely to cause danger of injury on April 7 when she appeared at Hull Crown Court. 

Recorder Alex Menary told the court that Nutter had tried to swallow sanitiser, which contains 60 per cent alcohol, in a failed effort to reduce her breath test reading.

She had breached a two-year suspended sentence for drug offences imposed in October last year. 

She was given a one-year community order and a 23-month driving ban and must pay £100 costs.

Source: dailymail

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