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Ten times over limit.

A WOMAN whose breath-test showed she was almost 10 times over the drink-drive limit was jailed yesterday.

Michelle Fothergill, 24, fell flat on her face after being helped from her car. She was doing 60mph in a 40mph zone when she hit a kerb and swerved to the wrong side of the road.

When a breath test showed 333 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - compared with the legal limit of 35 - officers thought equipment was faulty.

It is believed to be the highest breath-test reading in Britain. Fothergill's solicitor said: "In theory she should be dead."

She had been sniffing butane as well as drinking, which may have affected the reading.

Fothergill got three months after she admitted driving while unfit through drugs and one month for stealing pounds 110. Magistrates in Leeds suspended half her sentence.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 1999
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