A HAIR salon boss who made a 400-yard trip to buy a packet of cigarettes recalls her face “exploding” in a drink driving crash.
Nicola Cockayne, 36, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester swigged a bottle of wine and Baileys before she drove to a late night corner shop on April 30.
Minutes later, she ploughed her Honda Accord into two parked cars, and was found at the scene with blood pouring from her nose at around 9.40pm.
Cockayne failed a roadside breath test and was later found with seven milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for driving is 80mg.
Prosecuting Miss Martha Dowd told Manchester Magistrates Court: “Officers were called to a collision involving three vehicles.
“Two police officers attended and found the defendant bloody from the nose and with blood on the steering while.
She suffers from depression and was out with friends whilst her partner was away
Defence lawyer Shane Parkin
“She had the smell of intoxicants on her breath and her eyes were glazed.
“She said she had been out for dinner and had returned home then realised she had no cigarettes so went back out for them in the car.
“She was taken to Fairfield hospital and a sample of blood was taken.
“The defendant was interviewed and admitted to having a bottle of wine and a glass of Baileys.
“She had four glasses of wine with dinner and had then driven home.
“She couldn’t remember what happened in the road traffic accident, she just remembers her face exploding.
“She thought she would have been fine to drive based on how she felt.”
Her defence lawyer Shane Parkin said: “She gave a full and frank admission in interview. She suffers from depression and was out with friends whilst her partner was away.
“She carried on drinking at home after coming back but realised she had no cigarettes and decided to drive to a local shop.
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“Her recollection is not the best but the reading on the blood alcohol is not stratospheric. She collided with parked cars and there was no injury involved.
“She is fully insured and that has covered her vehicle and the others involved. She is remorseful.”
She admitted driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 14 months and fined £200.
Cockayne will have to undergo a drink driving rehabilitation course before she is allowed back on the roads.
She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £32.
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