Fashion designer Jodhi Meares and her rocker fiancé clashed with diners at a Bondi restaurant on the night she crashed her car while three times over the legal limit.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, a patron at the restaurant said that he had complained to Meares and her friends who were smoking close to his outdoor table.
The man said that the former model was already “fairly pickled” when he arrived at North Bondi’s The Hill Eatery at 6.30pm.
The man said that after Meare’s fiancé, former INXS and Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens, arrived, the mood of the group allegedly changed and they ignored his complaints to stop smoking.
“When we finished our meal, we got up and I turned around and said ‘OK, you can smoke your heads off now’,” the man told The Daily Telegraph.
“Jodhi jumped up and said ‘oh, I’m really, really sorry’. She was lovely and really apologetic. But Jon Stevens grabbed her and said ‘don’t worry about them’.”
It is unclear why the pair parted ways, but Meares decided to drive her car home alone after leaving the restaurant past 9pm.
Meares escaped without injury after flipping her Range Rover and colliding with three parked cars at 9.45pm on Saturday night.
She was arrested and taken to Waverley Police station where she allegedly registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.181 – three times the legal limit.
She was found to be driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash due to unpaid fines, and allegedly scrambled yesterday to pay off her outstanding traffic debts.
Police visited the 43-year-old’s apartment in Point Piper last night to confirm that her license had been cancelled.
The ex-wife of billionaire James Packer was charged with high-range drink driving which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months jail and a $3,300 fine.
Meares will face court in August over the charges.