Former X Factor hopeful, 25, who appeared on show alongside One Direction lashed out at police when found drunk behind the wheel with her sleeping baby in front seat

  • Olympia Bea Dyson, 25, described as woman who 'binge drank without limits' 
  • Dyson got through two auditions as a teenager for the ITV reality show in 2010
  • But she is now struggling with alcoholism and was twice arrested in two weeks
  • Given 24-week suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for two years

Olympia Bea Dyson, 25, pictured at Fantasy Island Theme Park in Skegness, attacked police after being found drunk at the wheel

Olympia Bea Dyson, 25, pictured at Fantasy Island Theme Park in Skegness, attacked police after being found drunk at the wheel

A former X Factor hopeful attacked police after being found drunk behind the wheel of her Mercedes at 12.30am, 15 miles from home and with a baby in the front seat.

Olympia Bea Dyson, 25, of Horncastle, Lincolnshire, was described as a woman who 'binge drank without limits' as she appeared in court after her arrest by police tipped-off by a worried resident.

As a teenager, Dyson got through two auditions for the ITV reality show in 2010 which featured boy band One Direction

But in court, it emerged she was now struggling with alcoholism and had twice been arrested in just two weeks.

The first was on August 8 when she was found by police in her car with the baby in Louth, Lincolnshire, 15 miles from her home, and asking locals for directions to Skegness, 25 miles away.

Police said empty bottles of beer and wine were in her car, and its engine was still warm. The baby was asleep in the front seat and the child's car seat was in the boot. 

Dyson was described as a woman who 'binge drank without limits' as she appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court after her arrest by police tipped-off by a worried resident

Dyson was described as a woman who 'binge drank without limits' as she appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court after her arrest by police tipped-off by a worried resident

Dyson claimed she had been parked in Louth for hours - and police then went to breathalyse her, but she threw the machine on the ground.

She then pulled the officer's head backwards and scratched her face with her fingernails as she was arrested, Boston Magistrates' Court was told. 

Paul Wood, prosecuting, told the court that Dyson gave a reading of 102mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, almost three times the legal limit of 35mcg per 100ml.

Just nine days later on August 17, police were called to Market Deeping following reports of a drunken woman fighting with another woman.

Mr Wood said Dyson was on the ground, drunk and shouting abusive words when she was arrested again.

Dyson pulled the police officer's head backwards and scratched her face with her fingernails

Dyson pulled the police officer's head backwards and scratched her face with her fingernails

The court heard Dyson complained her handcuffs were too tight and hurting her wrists, and when an officer went to loosen them, Dyson kicked her on the right thigh.

Later, in the police station, she was said to have kicked the officer again, this time on the shin.

When Dyson was 16 (pictured at the time), she was caught up in an incident involving a relative accused of snatching two children

When Dyson was 16 (pictured at the time), she was caught up in an incident involving a relative accused of snatching two children

Dyson admitted drink driving, being drunk while in charge of a child, and assaulting a police officer during the first incident on August 8.

She also admitted being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer in the second incident on August 17.

In mitigation, Linford Fuller said Dyson is 'an alcoholic from a family of alcoholics' who 'binge drank without limits'.

When Dyson was 16, and trying out for the X Factor finals, she was caught up in an incident involving a relative who was accused of snatching two children from social workers.

She spoke to the media in defence of the relative after being arrested on suspicion of aiding the kidnap. The relative and children were found safe a few days later.

The incident happened shortly after Dyson passed through two X Factor auditions, singing Smash Into You by Beyonce.

Mr Fuller told the court that Dyson now suffers with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which had worsened since her last court appearance.

He said she has very little recollection of either of the incidents, but recognised she had a problem and had contacted agencies to help her with her alcohol addiction.

Dyson got through two auditions for X Factor in 2010 which featured boy band One Direction

Dyson got through two auditions for X Factor in 2010 which featured boy band One Direction

In January, in a separate incident, Dyson was given a community order, also for assaulting a police officer, and was given an unpaid work order, but had only completed five of the 60 hours which had been ordered. 

District judge Peter Veits told her: 'Why should police officers be your battering ram?'.

He said she was a 'drunken woman who drove with a child in the car' and 'deserved a prison sentence' but he was going to suspend it. 

She was given a 24-week prison sentence suspended for one year, and was banned from driving for two years.

The judge allowed her to take a drink drivers rehabilitation course, which would reduce her ban by six months. 

She must undergo 25 rehabilitation days, pay £50 in compensation to each police officer, and pay £207 in costs and charges.

Former X Factor hopeful lashed out at police when drunk behind the wheel

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