Michelle Butterworth avoided a driving ban after she said she unwittingly drank vodka for breakfast
Michelle Butterworth, 37, was heading to work the day after a family party when she spotted a pint glass of orange juice by the fridge and drained its contents.
After dropping off two passengers, she accidentally bumped her Renault Clio into another vehicle and police found she was one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.
Ms Butterworth – who runs a clinic giving anti-wrinkle injections and lip enhancements – later claimed the juice contained vodka and had been left out by her teenage son the night before.
At Manchester magistrates’ court this week, Ms Butterworth admitted technically committing “drink driving”.
But she walked free with an absolute discharge after JPs accepted her “special” defence of unwittingly drinking spiked juice.
The cosmetic surgery nurse drank glass of orange juice before heading to work the day after a party
An absolute discharge means that guilt is technically proven but no conviction is registered.
I’ve had two operations on my nose so my taste and sense of smell are poor
The incident occurred last November after a party to mark her move to Birmingham from Urmston, Greater Manchester.
Ms Butterworth said she would never knowingly consume alcohol in the morning.
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She walked free with an absolute discharge after JPs accepted her 'special' defence
She said she drank three glasses of wine but stopped at around 10pm, adding: “I had work the next day and I am injecting people’s faces so my mind has to be clear.
“The next morning I got up and put on my hospital scrubs. There was a glass of orange juice on the side.
"I didn’t know there was alcohol inside. I’ve had two operations on my nose so my taste and sense of smell are poor.”
After the accident, she had 57mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
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She said that when she spoke to her son Lewis, 19, later, “the penny dropped”. Lewis said he had made the drink for a friend but – remembering he did not like juice “with bits in” – had left it on the side.
He said: “I must have poured around four shots of vodka into the glass.”
Finding mother and son’s evidence “clear and consistent”, the magistrates decided that “special reasons” applied.