‘Teetotal’ school worker caught drink-driving was ‘pressured’ into dow…

Ilayda Tomes, 27, was driving her new Mercedes at 4am after drinking wine in a restaurant when she was spotted clipping a kerb near her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire

Ilayda Tomes, 27, was driving 50mph in a 30mph zone when she was stopped

A ‘teetotal’ teaching assistant caught drink-driving at 4am in her new Mercedes after being “pressured” into downing wine has lost her licence and her job.

Ilayda Tomes, 27, who had been drinking in a restaurant, said she had offered two men a lift home to avoid them getting caught up in a fight outside with three women.

But police spotted her silver C Class AMG means clipping a kerb whilst being pushed at 50mph in a 30mph zone.

Tomes was stopped at the scene near her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire and found to be almost twice the alcohol limit.

Tomes was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £230 with £119 costs


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At Stockport Magistrates’ Court, Tomes, a former art historian who helped assist special needs children at a school in Holmes Chapel, wept as she admitted driving with excess alcohol.

She was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £230 with £119 costs. She is now working as a dental receptionist.

The court heard how the incident occurred after Tomes, formerly of Antalya, Turkey, had been “pressured” into drinking alcohol by friends during an evening out.

Her lawyer Stuart Thomson said: “She had been out at a restaurant for a meal with friends but does not usually drink for religious reasons.

Tomes had been “pressured” into drinking alcohol by friends during an evening out, the court heard


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“Her friends have pressured her into drinking and she has had drank two glasses of wine. She did not feel any different and thought she would be okay to excursion. She felt no different than what she typically would.

“She went to get into her means when she saw two men and three women arguing physically and verbally. She intervened because she is a past victim of domestic violence and offered to give the males a lift, so they did not follow the three females.

“That is why she was driving at that speed. She had only pushed around 0.4 miles. The only time she has drank before was at her graduation some years ago. She has not drunk since this incident.

“She is now working as a receptionist at a dental surgery for the last two months.

“She did have a job she was due to start on 3 September as a teaching assistant however, because she had been arrested for this matter, she had now lost that job as a teaching assistant. That has now gone because of this offence.

“She is of past good character and is visibly upset in court today. She is remorseful and is very doubtful to ever drink again. This defendant has no past convictions and was not on bail for any other matter. She is absolutely devastated and upset that she is here today.”

Earlier prosecutor Gareth Hughes said: “At 3.50am on Aug 13 police were on patrol when they spotted a silver Mercedes. The police were stationary at the time but they saw this defendant turn onto a roundabout before clipping a kerb.

“She was travelling at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Police pulled up along side the means at a junction. They have then spoken to the driver and conducted a road side test where she has then given a positive reading.”

Tests showed Tomes had 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35mg.

Sentencing, JP Mayor Shah told Tomes: “It is your first time in court, do not worry, we are not going to lock you up.

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