Beautician caught drink driving claimed she only got drunk by consuming vodka in her EYEBALL

A drink driving beautician who sensationally told a court that she got drunk by consuming vodka through her eyeball has been banned from driving for 18 months.

Chelsey McDonald, 30, tested almost twice the alcohol limit when police stopped her moments after got out of her orange BMW 218 convertible to go a bar with friends in West Derby, Merseyside, on November 13 last year.

But the mother-of-two insisted she had been perfectly sober while driving and that she and friends poured capfuls of vodka into their eyeballs in a few moments after she was safely parked.

McDonald told magistrates: ‘One of the girls said, “Shall we put it in our eyeball?” Apparently it gets you drunk a lot faster than it does downing it. 

‘I was just excited, I could not wait to get out and park the car and be able to have a drink.’

At Sefton Magistrates Court, McDonald, of Huyton, Liverpool, denied drink driving but was convicted after a trial, in which prosecutors condemned her defence as ‘ridiculous’.

Chelsey McDonald, 30, tested almost twice the alcohol limit when police stopped her moments after got out of her orange BMW 218 convertible to go a bar with friends in West Derby, Merseyside, on November 13 last year

Chelsey McDonald, 30, tested almost twice the alcohol limit when police stopped her moments after got out of her orange BMW 218 convertible to go a bar with friends in West Derby, Merseyside, on November 13 last year

McDonald (pictured) insisted she had been perfectly sober while driving and that she and friends poured capfuls of vodka into their eyeballs only after she was safely parked

McDonald (pictured) insisted she had been perfectly sober while driving and that she and friends poured capfuls of vodka into their eyeballs only after she was safely parked

In court, McDonald (pictured) told magistrates: 'One of the girls said, "Shall we put it in our eyeball?" Apparently it gets you drunk a lot faster than it does downing it. I was just excited'

In court, McDonald (pictured) told magistrates: ‘One of the girls said, “Shall we put it in our eyeball?” Apparently it gets you drunk a lot faster than it does downing it. I was just excited’

She was also found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker after she kicked a police officer in the chest and stomach during her arrest. One officer said a half full 350cl bottle of vodka was spotted in her handbag.

In addition to the driving ban, McDonald was also sentenced to a 12-week 7pm-7am curfew, and ordered to pay £395 in costs and victim surcharge.

The bizarre incident began at after a member of the public called police to express concerns about McDonald’s driving.

She was seen to turn right in a car park without indicating and just as a taxi was exiting. As a result the manoevre ,she temporarily blocked the road and caused an oncoming car to stop.

As McDonald got out of the car, she was seen to ‘do a little dance’ and hug one of her friends and then stumble slightly in her long black boots before the trio went into the pub. Police caught up with them just before they reached the door.

Police bodycam footage showed McDonald repeatedly asking ‘What is going on?’ and ‘What are you arresting me for?’ then became aggressive after her mobile phone was seized.

As she pleaded with officers, they told her she was ‘highly intoxicated’ and had been spotted behind the wheel of her car.

At one point McDonald apologised but then lashed out with her legs as she was being handcuffed. She kicked a PC in the chest area and she was placed in leg restraints.

Tests showed McDonald had 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

In addition to an 18-month driving ban, McDonald was also sentenced to a 12-week 7pm-7am curfew, and ordered to pay £395 in costs and victim surcharge

In addition to an 18-month driving ban, McDonald was also sentenced to a 12-week 7pm-7am curfew, and ordered to pay £395 in costs and victim surcharge

The mother-of-two was also found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker after she kicked a police officer in the chest and stomach during her arrest

The mother-of-two was also found guilty of assaulting an emergency worker after she kicked a police officer in the chest and stomach during her arrest

McDonald she had ingested vodka in her eyes previously, saying it was painful but not ‘excruciating.’ 

She said: ‘I know it was a pretty poor piece of driving. I did not use my indicators but it was more about, “Let’s park the car so we can have a night out”. It had been a stressful day.’

‘When police came I did not know what was going on.. All I kept hearing was the word “drunk”. Nobody came and explained to me in a nice manner. It was very rough.’

Prosecutor Paula Grogan told the court it would be ‘practically impossible’ for McDonald and her two friends to have completed the bizarre drinking games in the 14 seconds between her parking and getting out of the car.

In McDonald's defence, her lawyer Keith Webster described her story as 'so left-field, so painful' before suggesting it may be true

In McDonald’s defence, her lawyer Keith Webster described her story as ‘so left-field, so painful’ before suggesting it may be true

‘You see her in the car for a maximum of 14 seconds before getting out. I say that she is showing all the actions of someone who is drunk.

‘Furthermore, she goes on to say that because all this alcohol gets sucked into her eye, it does not mess with her makeup, does not go on her clothes and does not go on her hair. Really?

‘There is nothing to suggest that her eye is sore on the video and she makes no mention of it to the officer. This is because it’s not true. 

‘It’s something she has made up to get off this very sticky wicket that she finds herself in. She was not happy with the concept of spending a night in the cells.’

Earlier PC Jordan James told the hearing: ‘She was heavily intoxicated, slurring her speech, unsteady on her feet, and her eyes were glazed. She did not appear to be fully with it. She was not cooperative with the officers.

‘She was handcuffed and after taking her mobile phone she became very volatile, lashing out and being generally disruptive which escalated both physically and verbally.’

In McDonald’s defence, her lawyer Keith Webster described her story as ‘so left-field, so painful, it is not something somebody would say if not true?’

Passing sentence, Magistrate Christina Hill said: ‘We believe it is implausible that alcohol level could be attained by drinking in the car park in the manner you said.’

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