Drink-driver sets shameful UK record with ‘off the Richter scale’ breathalyser test


Kerry Duncan broke the record for the highest reading ever registered by a woman in the United Kingdom when she was stopped after driving erratically and mounting the kerb

Duncan court snatch
Police said when Duncan got out of the vehicle she was extremely unsteady on her feet and smelling strongly of alcohol

A drink-driver has blown a record-breaking breathalyser reading which was described as “off the Richter scale” by a court official.

Kerry Duncan was nearly nine times over the limit when she broke the record for the highest reading ever registered by a woman in the United Kingdom.

Duncan blew the astonishing reading as she drove past shops and while she had a passenger in the Ford Fiesta with her at around 4 pm.

When police officers breath tested Duncan, they were astonished when she gave a reading of 188 mics. The legal limit is 22 mics.

Duncan, 42, represented herself during a previous hearing and admitted driving with the incredible alcohol reading and setting an unwanted UK record.

In a previous case, an English court was told that a man who gave the same reading as Duncan must have downed the equivalent of at least 15 pints of beer.

Kerry Duncan admitted driving with the incredible alcohol reading and setting an unwanted UK record at a previous hearing

The court was told that Duncan’s car was seen driving erratically on King’s Cross Road in the city by a number of other motorists.

One driver contacted police because they were concerned about the nature of the driving as Duncan weaved past several car dealerships and a DIY store.

The concerned motorist initially thought Duncan was lost and was slowing down and speeding up because she was looking for a particular junction.

However, the motorist then watched as Duncan mounted the kerb and came to a halt. They were so concerned that they pulled in front of her and blocked her vehicle to prevent her driving off again.

As they passed her vehicle they noticed she had two flat tires and tried to alert her to the problem, but it was immediately apparent she was heavily intoxicated. There was a male passenger in the car.

The court was told that when police arrived, Duncan got out of the vehicle and was extremely unsteady on her feet and smelling strongly of alcohol.

Her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred and she failed a roadside breath test which led to her being arrested and taken to Dundee police HQ.

Duncan, of Hindmarsh Avenue, Dundee, admitted that on 15 October she drove while she was more than eight times over the alcohol limit.

At court, Duncan said: “I have nothing to hide. Everything about me in black and white is true.”

In 2010, a man admitted drinking driving in Coventry after blowing a reading of 191 mics in what was believed to have been among the highest ever recorded in the UK.

And in 2008, a driver in Chorlton returned to reading 188 mics. Manchester Magistrates court heard an average person would need to consume around 15 pints of beer to be so intoxicated.

Duncan was due to appear for sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court today (Thursday) but initially failed to turn up and Sheriff George Way issued a warrant for her arrest.

He said: “It is very concerning as I remember her appearing and the reading is off the Richter scale and her presentation at that time was pretty poor.

“There is nothing else I can do. I will issue a non-appearance warrant to try and get some kind of control of the situation.”

However, Duncan turned up later and the warrant was recalled and she was given further time to have background reports prepared. Sentence was deferred.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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