Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Stylist To The Stars' Double Drink-Drive Crash And Dash

A stylist to the stars, who twice crashed her car while nearly four times and then quadruple the drinks limit in the same week, was told she risks going to prison today after admitting the offences.

Chelsea School of Art graduate Clare Harries, 50, of Huddleston Road, Tufnell Park, has a celebrity clientele which includes stars Bruce Willis; Daniel Radcliffe; Jude Law; Angelina Jolie; Robert Downey Jnr and Emma Watson.

She pleaded guilty to driving her blue Mercedes in Oxford Street on October 15 with 133 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 - and driving in Malvern Road, Wood Green on October 20 with 141 microgrammes.

Described as "one of the most respected and experienced stylists working in the industry today" Harries specialises in film and TV shoots; photo shoots and award ceremonies and is also a style consultant and interior designer.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard it was 9.15pm when Harries was involved in a collision in Orchard Street in the West End, with the other driver calling the police because he believed Harries was drunk.

She drove off, but was followed by officers who confirmed the smell of alcohol on her breath and she failed a roadside test and was arrested.

While on bail she was arrested again after colliding with another vehicle in Whiteman Road, Hornsey at 6.50pm and driving off.

When police caught up with her the car was stationary with the engine running and Harries gripping the steering wheel and staring blankly ahead.

She was bailed until December 3 for probation reports and the bench chairman announced: "This is a very serious matter. She's at risk of custody, it's a very high reading."

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