Times caption: Rachel Hind was stopped by police when they saw her car swerving on to the wrong side of the road (CAVENDISH PRESS)
A piece by Gabriella Swerling in yesterday’s Times. I’ve never heard of a man using such a pathetic excuse to explain his drink-driving. Women’s lack of moral agency never ceases to amaze me. Emphases ours:
A wealthy businesswoman caught driving at more than twice the alcohol limit claimed she did not know that colleagues had been topping up her prosecco during a work night out.
Rachel Hind, a care home boss who had taken out 22 colleagues for an Italian meal, was stopped by police when they saw her Audi A3 swerving on to the wrong side of the road at 2.15am on June 23.
Officers in a patrol van had to take evasive action to avoid hitting her. When they asked the mother of two to step out of the car, she struggled to get her keys out of the ignition, was staggering in her high heels, had slurred speech, glazed eyes and smelt heavily of alcohol, Manchester magistrates were told.
It emerged that Hind, 46, had been drinking prosecco, gin and tonic and double vodkas and cola before heading towards her £1.3 million home in High Leigh, near Knutsford, Cheshire.
She admitted drink-driving but tried to argue against disqualification, claiming that she had not realised that a colleague had topped up her drinks throughout the evening. She claimed she had only swerved in the road to avoid potholes.
A colleague, Amanda Jackson, said: “I was just going around the table filling the glasses up . . . It’s all my fault she’s in all this trouble. I didn’t know she wasn’t drinking.” [J4MB: … possibly because she WAS drinking?]
John Richards, for the prosecution, said it would have been “patently obvious to Hind that she was over the limit”.
“You might think it’s strange that she didn’t realise her prosecco had been topped up. In a short period of time, the glass goes from half-full to full — how did she not realise that?” he told magistrates. Tests showed that Hind, who specialises in end-of-life care at her two care homes, recorded a reading of 79 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
She was banned for 21 months and fined £1,200 with £740 costs.
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