McDonald's drive-thru costly for drink-driver

A man has been given a drink-driving ban and fined £470 after he was caught more than two times over the limit at McDonald's in Berwick.

Friday, 1st December 2017, 07:38 am
McDonald's in Berwick

Kevin Wemyss, 24, of HalliburtonFarm Cottages, Greenlaw, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Berwick Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Magistrates were told that the defendant, with two friends in his Renault Clio, decided to visit the fast food restaurant on North Road at 4am on November 5, after a night out in Berwick.

Prosecutor Rehana Haque told the court that a member of staff working at the drive-thru reported the matter.

“The defendant’s order was taken but when he approached the next window to pay, the woman could smell alcohol coming from the driver,” she said. “She also said his eyes were not focused.”

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The court was also told that the defendant was slurring his words.

It was reported to the manager. The police were contacted and attended.

They spoke to the defendant, cautioned him and took him to Middle Engine Lane police station in Wallsend where he gave a positive breath test of 82mg/alc in 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

The defendant, a farm labourer, accepted full responsibility for his actions in his police interview.

The court was told that he had been out in Berwick and had drunk five pints.

He was initially waiting for a taxi but eventually decided to drive home instead.

Ian O’Rourke, defending, said: “Two fatal decisions were made by Mr Wemyss.

“The first was not to wait longer for a taxi. The second was to stop off at McDonald’s on the way home to get something to eat.

“He says he felt okay to drive but obviously the lady at McDonald’s could smell alcohol.

“There is no evidence of bad driving though and he is a young man of previous good character.”

Magistrates imposed a £350 fine and ordered the defendant to pay £85 costs and a £35 surcharge.

He was also disqualified from driving for 20 months, although this will be reduced by 20 weeks on successful completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course which he agreed to undertake.