Drunk woman caught driving with two tyres missing from her car
A woman has appeared in court after she was caught drink driving with only two tyres on her car.
Lakeya Hadid-Alanzi, 22, was spotted driving a Volkswagen erratically by an on-duty police officer on the East Lancs Road near Worsley at around 5.40am on 16 October.
Manchester Magistrates' Court heard how sparks could be seen flying from the vehicle as she tried to drive the car with only two fully-functioning wheels.
She was pulled over by the police officer, who ordered her to complete a roadside breath test after he smelt alcohol on her breath and she began to become verbally abusive, it is said.
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The court heard that she was then found to above the legal limit.
Hadid-Alanzi was also driving two other passengers in the vehicle without insurance, magistrates were told.
Prosecutor, Zak Azim, told the court: "At 5.40am a police officer was on duty and was on the lookout after reports of a stolen Volkswagen heading towards Manchester.
"As he approached a junction on the East Lancs Road he observed the vehicle on the opposite side of the carriageway.
“The vehicle was being driven on two wheels. The vehicle was doing damage to the carriageway and sparks were coming from the car.
"Police detained the driver who was the defendant. She smelled of alcohol and was verbally abusive."
Her defence solicitor, Jane Miller, told the court that her client is now pregnant with her first child, and has attempted to “turn her life around” since the offence.
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"The vehicle was not her own car and was her brother's. She says she had been out in the city centre with a friend," Miller said.
"She claims at first the friend was driving the vehicle and swerving the car so this defendant told her to pull over.
"She knows they should have stopped driving at that time but she was trying to head back to Manchester. She said the person who was initially driving the car was trying to get to Liverpool.
"She is a carer and doesn't need a driving licence for work. She is due to start university in April and is pregnant with her baby due in October. She says she is trying to turn her life around."
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Hadid-Alanzi was fined a total of £275 and was disqualified from driving for 18 months after admitting an offence of driving whilst unfit through drink, as well as driving without insurance.
District Judge Mark Hadfield said: "These are serious matters particularly the drink driving. Your standard of driving was appalling.
"This was a busy main road and you were driving with two tyres missing."
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