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Meares a no-show in court
Jodhi Meares and Jon Stevens. Picture: Jodhi Meares/Instagram

Jodhi Meares appears set to escape charges of driving while suspended but is still facing the possibility of jail time over a drink-driving charge.

The first wife of billionaire James Packer did not appear at Waverley Local Court on Tuesday, avoiding a large media pack, but was represented by high-profile lawyer Chris Murphy. The former bikini model and now-successful designer is expected to attend the same court on August 20, at which time it's possible she could enter a plea on the drink-driving charges.

Meares had to be rescued from her Range Rover, which rolled after smashing into three parked cars in the up-market suburb of Bellevue Hill in Sydney's east in June. The 43-year-old is accused of recording a 0.181 blood alcohol reading, almost four times the legal limit. Meares, who is engaged to rocker Jon Stevens, faces up to 18 months in jail and a fine of $3300 if convicted.

Murphy yesterday told the court police had indicated to him two charges of driving while suspended had been "incorrectly laid" and would likely be withdrawn. He said a plea would be entered on August 20 and he had engaged an accident investigation service to analyse the vehicle and the scene.

The West Australian

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