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Kelsey Ridings tested almost four times the alcohol limit following a car crash (Cavendish)

A mum who tested almost four times the alcohol limit following a car crash was cleared after claiming she had drunk alcohol after the accident. 

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Kelsey Ridings, 26, who was with her four children, crashed her Mercedes sports car into a black Peugeot 308 on May 6.

After exchanging details with the other driver Carl Kidd, who was taking his heavily pregnant partner to see his parents, she left before police could attend.

Officers tracked her to her home at Mottram near Hyde, Greater Manchester an hour later at 6.11pm where an initial breath test showed she had 124 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.

But at Tameside magistrates court, Ridings was cleared of drink driving after claiming she had consumed the two pints in just 15 minutes at the home of her best friend Paige Azad to ‘calm herself down’ before being given a lift home. 

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Miss Azad, 24, who poured her the drinks said it was ‘a lot of vodka and a bit of coke’.

In delivering their not guilty verdict JPs said Ridings’ account was ‘often confused and misleading’ while Miss Azad’s evidence was ‘totally incredible’ but ruled prosecutors had not proved its case against her beyond a reasonable doubt.

No-one was injured in the crash.

Pictured is the damaged Mercedes after the prang. Kelsey Ridings an accountant who tested almost four times the alcohol limit after a head on car crash has been cleared of any wrongdoing after she claimed she had ''necked'' two pints of nearly neat vodka in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspxDisclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
Kelsey Ridings‘ damaged Mercedes (Cavendish)
Pictured is Carl Kidd's damaged Peugeot afte the crash. Kelsey Ridings an accountant who tested almost four times the alcohol limit after a head on car crash has been cleared of any wrongdoing after she claimed she had ''necked'' two pints of nearly neat vodka in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspxDisclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
Carl Kidd’s damaged Peugeot after the crash (Cavendish)
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Mr Kidd told the hearing: ‘She was well over on my side of the road and she was coming at speed. I steered away to avoid a head on collision but she caught the back end of my car.

He added: ‘She appeared to be intoxicated and was slurring her words and was unsteady on her feet. 

‘I think she was trying to overpower me. I did not smell any alcohol but she was slurring her words. 

‘I have been around drunk people in my life and she did not appear to be sober.’

Ridings said: ‘I drove off because other cars were beeping and he was aggressive and the kids were screaming. 

‘We were not getting anywhere. I went to Paige’s house and there I was trying to calm down and I asked her to get me a drink.’

Breaking down in tears she added: ‘I just feel like a bad mum drinking. I was there 15-20 minutes and it was long enough to have two drinks. I just panicked. They were incredibly strong drinks. I had not had a drink before it.’

Miss Azad told JPs her friend was not under the influence of alcohol, saying: ‘I used coke to mix it but I would say I poured her a triple vodka and a bit of coke and she just necked it.’

Pictuired is Kelsey Rdings (in the light grey jacket and white blouse) celebrating with best friend Paige Azad after the verdict. Kelsey Ridings an accountant who tested almost four times the alcohol limit after a head on car crash has been cleared of any wrongdoing after she claimed she had ''necked'' two pints of nearly neat vodka in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion. For terms and conditions see http://www.cavendish-press.co.uk/pages/terms-and-conditions.aspx
Kelsey Rdings (R) celebrating with best friend Paige Azad after the verdict (Cavendish)

Prosecutor Nick Smart told the hearing: ‘Mr Kidd gave a breathtakingly honest account about the incident.’

But defence lawyer Dave Holland added: ‘The two of them had a conversation lasting 5-10 minutes and whilst Mr Kidd had some suspicions she was drunk, he could not be sure and he could not smell alcohol.’

In clearing Ridings, the chairman of the bench Mrs Furness said: ‘Mr Kidd was clear and credible. 

‘Miss Ridings was often confused, emotional at times and misleading. The other lady, Paige was totally incredible.

‘However, the prosecution have not proved beyond reasonable doubt this case. 

‘There is insufficient evidence to prove you were over the limit at the time of the incident or at the time of consuming. We therefore find you not guilty.’

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