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Mom-of-four, 26, who crashed her Mercedes is cleared of drink-driving


A mother-of-four who crashed her Mercedes celebrated outdoors court docket after she was cleared of drink-driving by claiming she had ‘necked’ two pints of nearly-neat vodka to ‘calm herself down’ after the incident.  

Kelsey Ridings, 26, crashed her C250 sports activities automobile which was carrying her 4 youngsters right into a black Peugeot 308 however left earlier than police arrived after she exchanged particulars with the opposite driver, a court docket heard.

Officers traced the accountant to her dwelling in Tameside, Larger Manchester an hour later the place an preliminary breath check confirmed she had 124mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the authorized restrict being 35mg.

However Ridings was cleared of drink-driving after claiming she consumed the 2 pints in quarter-hour on the dwelling of good friend Paige Azad to ‘relax’ earlier than being given a elevate dwelling. A second check confirmed she had 82mg in breath.

Miss Azad, 24, stated it was ‘numerous vodka and a little bit of coke’ and claimed she would by no means have let her good friend drive as she was godmother to her youngsters.

At Tameside Magistrates Court docket, JPs stated Ridings’ account was ‘typically confused and deceptive’ while Miss Azad’s proof was ‘completely unbelievable’. 

Nonetheless, they dominated that prosecutors had not proved the case in opposition to her, saying there was ‘inadequate proof to show she was over the restrict on the time of the incident or on the time of consuming’.

Kelsey Ridings (proper) celebrating with good friend Paige Azad after the decision

Kelsey Ridings

Kelsey Ridings

Kelsey Ridings, 26, crashed her C250 sports activities automobile which was carrying her 4 youngsters right into a black Peugeot 308 however left earlier than police arrived after she exchanged particulars with the opposite driver, a court docket heard

The 5pm incident occurred on Might 6 this 12 months after Ridings’ crashed her automobile as she was returning dwelling from a store she was considering of renting as a magnificence salon.

The opposite driver, Carl Kidd, was taking his closely pregnant associate to see his dad and mom. He advised the listening to: ‘She was effectively over on my aspect of the street and he or she was coming at velocity. I steered away to keep away from a head on collision however she caught the again finish of my automobile.

‘I made certain my associate was okay then went over to confronted her the opposite driver. She then opened the door and there have been three children within the again and a younger woman within the passenger seat, all youngsters.

‘She received out and abruptly walked over to my automobile. I stated: ‘look what you’ve got achieved?’ and requested for her insurance coverage particulars however she provided me £1,000 to not undergo the insurance coverage.

‘I stated there wasn’t an opportunity of that as a result of the chassis was bent over the place she had hit me and we went over it backwards and forwards. I requested her once more for her insurance coverage particulars and finally she gave them, received into her automobile and sped off. I then rang the police and received nothing else from aside from her title, insurance coverage firm and I had taken an image of her registration.

‘She gave the impression to be intoxicated and was slurring her phrases and was unsteady on her ft. I feel she was attempting to overpower me. I didn’t scent any alcohol however she was slurring her phrases. I’ve been round drunk individuals in my life and he or she didn’t look like sober. She appeared drunk to me and my associate agreed she did not appear proper.’

Kelsey Ridings (right) celebrating with friend Paige Azad after the verdict

Kelsey Ridings (proper) celebrating with good friend Paige Azad after the decision

Pictured is Ridings' damaged Mercedes after the crash on May 6 this year

Pictured is Ridings’ broken Mercedes after the crash on Might 6 this 12 months

Pictured is Carl Kidd's damaged Peugeot after the crash

Pictured is Carl Kidd’s broken Peugeot after the crash

The court docket heard police arrived at Ridings’ dwelling at 6.11pm the place she was stated to have an ‘elevating manner.’ After blowing nearly 4 instances the restrict she took a second check which confirmed she had 82mg in breath.

Ridings advised the listening to: ‘I used to be coming spherical a bend and was happening the hill however as I accelerated the automobile skidded and I’ve clipped the opposite automobile. I did say: ‘can we not go together with insurance coverage’ as I had £1,000 in financial savings which I might use. I stated my premiums had been actually excessive because it is because of my car being a sports activities automobile and due to my age.

‘However he stated it could be greater than that and one thing wanted to occur that day. I felt uncomfortable. It was solely minor injury – only a scrape. There was extra injury to my automobile. I had not had any alcohol by that stage.

‘I drove off as a result of different automobiles had been beeping and he was aggressive and the children had been screaming. We weren’t getting anyplace. I went to Paige’s home and there I used to be attempting to relax and I requested her to get me a drink.

‘I used to be eager to get picked up, I used to be shook up and had had a drink. I had two large drinks earlier than I left her home and I received a elevate dwelling. He had been aggressive with me when he did not actually have a proper to.

‘There was no must be aggressive to a woman with children within the automobile. He was demanding cash, his tone of voice was not good and he was pacing round shouting at me.

‘I received into the automobile and drove off to Paige’s. Every thing was occurring too quick and the children had been hysterical. At Paige’s I used to be panicking and requested her to get me a robust drink. 

The other driver, Carl Kidd, was taking his heavily pregnant partner to see his parents

The opposite driver, Carl Kidd, was taking his closely pregnant associate to see his dad and mom

Ridings was cleared of drink-driving after claiming she consumed the two pints in 15 minutes at the home of friend Paige Azad to 'calm down' before being given a lift home

Ridings was cleared of drink-driving after claiming she consumed the two pints in 15 minutes at the home of friend Paige Azad to 'calm down' before being given a lift home

Ridings was cleared of drink-driving after claiming she consumed the 2 pints in quarter-hour on the dwelling of good friend Paige Azad to ‘relax’ earlier than being given a elevate dwelling

‘I simply wanted to calm my nerves and I stood outdoors her home having a glass a of vodka which was roughly neat and I then necked it then had one other one while I used to be getting the children out of my automobile and into my mates van.’

Breaking down in tears she added: ‘I simply really feel like a nasty mum consuming. I used to be there 15-20 minutes and it was lengthy sufficient to have two drinks. I simply panicked. They had been extremely robust drinks. I had not had a drink earlier than it.’ 

Prosecutor Nick Sensible advised the listening to: ‘Mr Kidd gave a breathtakingly sincere account concerning the incident. He was at all times going to be indignant and upset. This woman was stated to be distraught while her animated good friend gave her a drink. It doesn’t pan out.

‘The scenario was fraught with emotion, one occasion had youngsters within the automobile the opposite occasion had a closely pregnant girl. It is rather simple to say I might not drive as a result of it could put my youngsters’s security in danger however lots of people do drink and drive. It’s fairly widespread regrettably. 

‘Individuals who have had a drink make ill-founded choices and that’s what has occurred on this case.’

However defence lawyer Dave Holland stated: ‘The 2 of them had a dialog lasting 5-10 minutes and while Mr Kidd had some suspicions she was drunk, he couldn’t be certain and he couldn’t scent alcohol. 

‘He accepted he grew to become aggressive and he or she felt threatened. She has by no means been in bother earlier than.’

In clearing Ridings, the chairman of the bench who would solely give her title as Mrs Furness stated: ‘Mr Kidd was clear and credible. Miss Ridings was typically confused, emotional at instances and deceptive. The opposite woman, Paige was completely unbelievable.

‘Nonetheless, the prosecution haven’t proved past affordable doubt this case. 

‘There’s inadequate proof to show you had been over the restrict on the time of the incident or on the time of consuming. We due to this fact discover you not responsible.’

As Ridings and Miss Azad celebrated outdoors, prosecutors questioned the decision however Mrs Furness insisted: ‘We consider the Crown’s case has not been proved past all affordable doubt. We’re not ready to enter it anymore.’ 


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