AN X Factor hopeful has been found drunk behind the wheel of her Mercedes with a baby on the front seat.
Olympia Bea Dyson, who competed with One Direction for the 2010 X Factor, was surrounded by beer and wine bottles and lashed out when police tried to breathalyse her.
Olympia Bea Dyson was described in court as an alcoholic from a family of alcoholics[/caption]
Dyson suffers with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, the court was told[/caption]
As a teenager, Dyson got through two auditions for the 2010 X Factor but in court on Monday it emerged Dyson, 25, is struggling with alcohol problems.
The court heard the singer had been arrested twice in two weeks.
She was first arrested when police found her in her car with a baby in Louth, Lincolnshire, 15 miles from her home and asking locals for directions to Skegness, 25 miles away.
Police said she was surrounded by empty bottles of beer and wine and the engine was still warm.
The baby was asleep on the front seat and the child’s car seat was discovered in the boot.
Dyson claimed she had been parked up in Louth for hours.
But when police tried to breathalyse her she threw the machine on the ground.
DRINK DRIVE SHAME
She then pulled an officer’s head backwards and scratched the policewoman’s face with her fingernails as she was arrested.
Paul Wood, prosecuting at Boston Magistrates’ Court, told the court Dyson gave a reading of 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, almost three times the legal limit of 35.
Just nine days later Dyson was arrested in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, after reports of a drunken woman fighting with another woman.
Mr Wood said Dyson was on the ground, drunk and shouting abusive words when was arrested for the second time in less than two weeks.
The court heard Dyson complained her handcuffs were too tight and hurting her wrists and when an officer went to loosen them Dyson kicked her on the right thigh.
Later, in the police station, she is said to have kicked the officer again, this time on the shin.
Dyson, of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, admitted to drink-driving, being drunk while in charge of a child, and assaulting a police officer during the first incident on August 8, reports Lincolnshire Live.
She also admitted to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer in the second incident on August 17.
In mitigation, solicitor Lynford Fuller said Dyson is “an alcoholic from a family of alcoholics” who “binge drank without limits”, according to Grimsby Live.
Why should police officers be your battering ram?
District judge Peter Veits
Mr Fuller told the court that Dyson now suffers with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which had worsened since her last court appearance.
He said she has very little recollection of either of the incidents, but recognised she had a problem and had contacted agencies to help her with her alcohol addiction.
In January, in a separate incident, Dyson was given a community order, also for assaulting a police officer.
She was given an unpaid work order but only completed five of the 60 hours.
District judge Peter Veits told her: “Why should police officers be your battering ram?”
He said she was a “drunken woman who drove with a child in the car” and “deserved a prison sentence” but he was going to suspend it.
She was given a 24-week prison sentence suspended for one year, and was banned from driving for two years.
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The judge is allowing her to take a drink drivers rehabilitation course, which will reduce her ban by six months.
She must undergo 25 rehabilitation days, pay £50 in compensation to each police officer, and pay £207 in costs and charges.
He warned her that if she commits “any more offences like this, it will be immediate custody”.
Dyson recognised she had an alcohol addiction and has reached out for help[/caption]
The drunken woman pulled an officer’s head backwards and scratched her face as she was arrested[/caption]
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