One good way of avoiding the ''walk of shame'' after a boozy one night stand might be make sure you set an alarm and then hitch a discrete cab ride home before dawn.

But Natalie Kopman, 31 went on stage further when she woke up at 4am in a drunken stupor and found herself in a man's bed 30 miles from home.

In a bid to get back to her own pad without being seen by strangers, Kopman grabbed her date's car keys from a sofa, tiptoed out of his flat and drove off in his BMW.

But Kopman's cunning plan to get home to Bury, Greater Manchester backfired when she inexplicably picked up two strangers as she passed through Manchester and she ended up in Burnley.

She as also found to be almost three times the drink driving limit when police stopped her on a petrol station forecourt when her date Alan Shaw woke up and reported his car missing.

It emerged Kopman had woken up at 4am at the home of Mr Shaw in Stockport decided she 'didn't want to be where she had woken up' then borrowed his car as he slept.

She offered a lift to the two strangers when met then after driving into Manchester city centre. The incident occurred after Kopman had gone off sick from work after falling out of a tree during another drinking binge.

Details emerged at Burnley magistrates court when Kopman, now of Chorley, Lancs, pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, drink driving and having no insurance. She was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for two years. She was also ordered to pay £165 costs.

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