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Swimsuit model caught drink-driving in Audi after bar bloke tips off police

A swimsuit model was caught driving home drunk after being shopped to police by a bloke she met at a bar.

Instagramer Jordi Leigh, 24, was almost twice the alcohol limit behind the wheel of her white Audi A1 when she was pulled over.

But instead of admitting the offence she said she was forced to drive drunk because she felt "threatened" by the bloke she just met at a cocktail bar last May.

The student nurse from Sale, near Manchester, also had an inkling the same man had told police she was drunk – with officers confirming officers were given "prior intelligence".

On the day of her trial at Manchester magistrates court Leigh plead guilty to the charge of drink-driving and was banned from the roads for 17 months.

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She was also fined £120 plus £115 in costs and surcharges but was allowed to pay it back at £40 a month.

The 11.45pm incident happened on May 23 after Leigh was spotted driving the Audi near her home in Sale.

Prosecutor Eileen Rodgers said: ''She was seen by an officer in the area and at the particular time she was stopped there was a presence of alcohol in system.

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"The reason why the officer stopped her was that he had received intelligence that the driver of the vehicle possibly had consumed alcohol.

''He stopped the vehicle and spoke to Miss Williamson-Blessing. She admitted to consuming alcohol and she did smell of intoxicants.

"She gave the explanation that she had seen a male out in the Altrincham area whom she had previously accused of a sexual offence against her. She has no recorded convictions and is a young lady of previous good character.''

Tests showed Leigh who has been working at Salford Royal Hospital whilst studying for her Salford University nursing degree had 66 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

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Her lawyer says his client suffered from an anxiety disorder.

In mitigation her lawyer David Campbell said: ''This is an unusual set of circumstances and there was an issue as to whether special reasons could be argued but on the evidence available she realises she can’t advance an argument for special reasons.

''The situation is the defendant had been in the Altrincham area and gone for a night out. She driven there with the intention of leaving her car and picking it up the next day.

''But unfortunately while out in one of the bars she encountered a male person whom she previously made a complaint to police regarding his behaviour.

"As regards to her complaint of a sexual nature, police had decided they would not authorise charges and unfortunately when she saw that gentleman that evening she felt threatened and therefore left the premises.

''She then drove home and someone was in the car with her. The person who reported her to police must have been the person she previously had made a complaint against."

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Mr Campbell added: ''She has not been in university this term and has been signed off suffering from anxiety and an anxiety disorder and this comes from the incident with regard to the gentleman.

''She has not got any income and has not claimed a bursary she is entitled to or student grant. She’s going to start again in January.

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''References speak very highly of her and she clearly is a person who's found herself in a difficult situation.

''She thought she was doing the right thing but it was clearly wrong and she now has to face the consequences. She regrets what’s occurred and her family will assist her with her costs.''

Leigh was the offered the chance of drink-drive awareness course which could reduce her ban to a year.

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