A woman has been jailed after being caught behind the wheel while almost FIVE TIMES over the legal drink-drive limit.
Michelle Auty downed almost a full bottle of gin before heading to the supermarket to buy some pop.
A worried member of the public called police as the 27-year-old staggered from her car.
Kirklees magistrates told her that they had no choice but to send her to prison due to her “off the Richter Scale” reading.
The court heard that the offence happened at just after midnight on July 19.
Auty drove from her home in The Common, Thornhill, Dewsbury, to the Asda supermarket on Aldams Road in the town, some two miles away.
Mark Haigh, prosecuting, said that police were called as she appeared drunk when he left her Peugeot 206 in the store’s car park.
He said: “She was identified walking back towards the car, swaying from side to side and tripping over her own feet.
“She started the engine up and started to eat some food.”
The officers asked Auty to step out of the car and she was arrested.
Police station breath tests showed that she had 162 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
This was nearly five times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
The customer service manager said that she had completed a 14-hour shift before heading to the pub with colleagues.
She drank three bottles of tequila flavoured lager Desperados before catching a taxi home.
There she drank three-quarters of a bottle of gin before driving to the supermarket to get some pop, she said.
Marnat Ali, mitigating, said that Auty couldn’t understand why she found herself in court.
He added that the high reading indicates she has a problem with alcohol.
Auty, who had no previous convictions, said she realised that she could have killed someone.
As well as jailing her for 18 weeks magistrates banned her from the road for three years.