Paralytic Virgin Airlines hostess smashed into McDonalds bollard buying BigMac

An air hostess for Virgin Atlantic has walked free from court despite being caught drink-driving at a McDonalds drive-thru.

And Samantha Sutcliffe, 38, claimed that it was her “naked human frailty” as a result of a toxic romance as the reason why she was nearly two and a half times over the alcohol limit – at lunch time.

The woman had been necking bottles of white wine, and ended up crashing her BMW into a McDonald's bollard while buying a Big Mac meal.

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The woman, from Scarisbrick near Orskirk, told police: “'I did not think I was over the limit but clearly I was.''

At Sefton magistrates court this week, Sutcliffe admitted drink-driving and was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge of £240. She was also banned from driving for 17 months but offered the option to take the drink drive awareness course which will reduce the ban by a quarter.

Solicitor Frank Rogers, representing Sutcliffe, said: “This is a woman of hitherto impeccable character.

“She is a single parent, juggling full-time and part-time jobs and coming out of an abusive relationship.

“The weekend had brought her to an all-time low ebb – she said she was at rock bottom.

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“Having been drinking for a while over the weekend she made a wrong judgement call deciding to drive.

He added: “She knows she will pay a heavy price, and is embarrassed and remorseful.

“She knows that she has let herself and her 13-year-old son down.

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“The woman had two glasses of wine and tried to order some food but was unsuccessful.

“Foolishly, she decided to drive the short distance which she could've walked, and ordered the fast food.

“She drove around the bend, misjudged that, and hit the bollard.”

Police said that she was calmn and compliant upon arrest, and there were no issues when doing so.

Mr Rogers went on to explain that Sutcliffe was seeking professional help with her issues.

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Asking that the court fine her rather than sentence her to community order, he said she earns £1,200 per month net and added: “To her credit, the following day she went to McDonald's to apologise for what happened, and offered to pay for any damage caused.

“It was not deliberate recklessness – it was naked human frailty.

“A woman emerging from a difficult relationship, hitting rock bottom and facing up to the reality of her situation but who in every other respect is a woman of good character.”

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