Here is a fun story about Sheila “Hey Kool-Aid” Lockhart. A racehorse owner and serenity hornet in the UK:
As the owner of a renowned racehorse named Go Ballistic, Sheila Lockhart might be expected to have an explosive temper.
So after she rammed her Audi into a Mercedes owned by jockey Warren Marston – sending it smashing through his front door as he slept, and prompting him to jump naked from his bed to shout abuse at her down the stairs – it would be easy to assume the worst.
The police certainly did, and matters escalated when they breathalysed Alcoholics Anonymous member Mrs Lockhart, 63, and found her over the drink drive limit.
The details of the events which preceded this little accident are in the linked story, but real entertainment is in Mrs Lockhart’s explanation of the events. You see, she wasn’t really angry…or drunk, at the time she pile-drived this guy’s car through his front door. After all, she is in AA, and therefore doesn’t get angry or drive drunk:
She realised the jockey must have told all to the trainer, and set off to see him.
According to prosecutor Simon Emslie, she angrily leapt in her car, drove to a pub, and then on to Mr Marston’s home near Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, to confront him.
When she arrived at his house, said the prosecutor, she rammed her Audi A6 into his parked Mercedes, pushing it through his front door.
The court was told that Mr Marston was woken by the smashing glass and leapt from bed naked to look down the stairs and see his car bonnet protruding into the hall and Mrs Lockhart standing at the door.
When police got to her home later they found a half empty bottle of Prosecco in the kitchen and was breathalysed. She was duly convicted of drink driving in July.
Mrs Lockhart told her appeal yesterday, however, that she had been totally sober when she crashed into the jockey’s car and sent it smashing through his front door.
She had only gone to a pub beforehand to look for him, and had not drunk anything there, she said, and if her speech sounded slurred, it was because she had taken Mogadon tablets that afternoon.
And far from being ballistic with Mr Marston for breaking her confidence, she insisted, she was not even angry. She only wanted to talk to him, she said.
Mrs Lockhart said: ‘I rang the front doorbell and tapped on the windows.
‘I then remember banging his car and kicking the bonnet, thumping it, in the hope that I would set off the alarm and wake him.’
The alarm did not go off so she decided to ‘gently nudge’ his car with hers, she said.
She decided to go home – but accidentally put her automatic car into Drive instead of Reverse, she told the court, causing the crash.
‘I went into Drive and walloped his car,’ she said. ‘I could easily have just driven away because there was no sign of anybody but I wouldn’t dream of doing that.
‘I climbed over the damaged door frame and broke the glass. Mr Marston was naked at the top of the stairs.
‘He had some very fruity words to call me – quite rightly – and told me in no uncertain terms to get the hell out of it.’
She said she told Mr Marston she would pay for repairs, then drove home.
Only once home did she drink Prosecco and a tonic she did not realise was alcoholic.
As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 13 years she would never drink drive, she insisted.
Makes sense to me!