Mum was found not guilty of drunk driving after claiming she drank vodka to ‘calm down’ after the accident.
Kelsey Ridings felt like a ‘terrible parent’ after colliding head-on with another vehicle in her Mercedes with her four children in the back before speeding away.
After claiming she drank two pints of vodka to “calm down” after a vehicle accident, a mother of four has been cleared of drink driving.
Kelsey Ridings, 26, was driving her Mercedes with her four children in the back seat when she collided head-on with a Peugeot 308 carrying a pregnant woman.
According to the Manchester Evening News, she rushed away from the incident before police arrived after promising the other driver £1,000 to not exchange insurance information.
Officers tracked her down to her house in Mottram, Greater Manchester, where a breath test revealed she had been drinking nearly four times the legal limit.
She was cleared of alcohol driving at a hearing after stating she drank the two pints in 15 minutes at her best friend Paige Azad’s house right after the collision.
Azad, 24, who served her the drinks, said there was a lot of vodka and a little coke in them and that she would never let her friend drive because she was godmother to her children.
Ridings’ story was “frequently unclear and misleading,” and Miss Azad’s testimony was “completely unbelievable,” but the judge found that prosecutors had failed to prove their case against her.
Ridings, an accountant, was heading home from a shop she was considering renting as a beauty salon when the incident occurred at 5 p.m. on May 6.
Carl Kidd, the other driver, was on his way to see his parents with his very pregnant partner.
“She was way over on my side of the road and she was coming at speed,” he testified at the hearing. To avoid a head-on accident, I steered away, but she caught the back end of my car.
“I double-checked that my spouse was okay before confronting the other motorist.” She then opened the door to see three youngsters in the rear seat and a young girl in the passenger seat, all of whom were children.
“‘Look what you’ve done,’ I remarked. I inquired for her insurance information, but she offered me £1,000 if I didn’t want to go through the insurance process.
“I told her there was no way since the chassis was bent over from the impact, and we went over it back and forth.”
“I inquired about her insurance once more. The news is summarized by Brinkwire.