1. Michelle Bridges pleads guilty for mid-range drink driving.
Celebrity trainer and TV personality Michelle Bridges pleaded guilty yesterday to mid-range drink driving after blowing 0.086 while driving in Sydney’s Bellevue Hill on January 26 with her five-year-old son in the car.
Waverley Local Court magistrate Allison Hawkins convicted Bridges, handed her a $750 fine and accepted the incident was humiliating for her.
Bridges’ licence was disqualified for three months and she will have to drive with an alcohol interlock for one year from April 26.
Agreed facts state Bridges hit her brakes suddenly and changed lanes when approaching a random breath test on New South Head Road about 11.30am on January 26.
She first told police she had used mouthwash five minutes earlier, but then conceded she had drunk alcohol the previous night.
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After giving a positive alcohol reading roadside, Bridges told police she had drunk a glass of wine and four vodka sodas from 8pm the previous night.
Bridges, who rose to fame as a personal trainer on TV show The Biggest Loser, now writes books and magazine columns and runs an activewear brand.
Her lawyer argued Bridges was a “special person” and should be treated as such by the court. However, the magistrate did not agree.
“So logically a person who has achieved less in life is not as entitled to court leniency?” Ms Hawkins asked.