A MUM who was caught driving while high on cocaine has claimed that she only swerved in the road because her “small dog had been sick in the back.”
Michelle McMullan, 46, from Manchester, admitted to having an “ongoing issue” with the drug and entered a guilty plea.
Ms McMullen was pulled over in her Mercedes last year driving near Cheshire, after swerving violently.
Cops drug tested the mum-of-two as there was a “strong smell” of cannabis in the car.
The test revealed that she had cocaine and one of its by-products in her system and she was charged with driving under the influence.
However, she disputed in court the claim that she was swerving because of the effect of the drug.
Instead, she offered an unusual defence for her actions.
Her defence counsel Chloe Gaffney told Stockport Magistrates Court: “The defendant has entered a guilty plea and accepts the prosecution’s case. There is just one minor dispute that being that she was swerving over the road.
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“She accepts one small swerve as her small dog was in the back of the vehicle and had been sick. She pointed this out to the officers when she was pulled over.”
However, beyond the whacky excuse McMullen accepted the charge.
Ms Gaffney went on to explain that her client had had an “extremely difficult and emotional life” and had lost her job due to the pandemic.
She reported that Michelle had taken cocaine “on and off” for the last five years as a “coping mechanism” and that this use had increased when she was laid off.
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McMullen was ordered to seek help for her addiction issues and disqualified from driving for almost two years.
Her legal team had argued that unpaid work was not a viable punishment as it now took her over four hours to take her kids to school, as she had not driven since being arrested.