Grantham court: Trip to McDonald’s after drinking costs driver £675

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A 24-year-old from Cottesmore has ended up paying £675 after a drunken trip to the Grantham McDonald’s drive-thru.

Grantham magistrates heard how John Young, of Cotswold Street, Cottesmore, was caught driving over the limit after McDonald’s staff reported their suspicions to police.

At 3am officers received the call about an Alfa Romeo which was repeatedly mounting kerbs after going through the fast food drive-thru on Bridge End Road, Grantham.

They found the car parked and after smelling alcohol asked Young if he had been drinking, to which he initially said ‘no’.

However, a breath test proved positive and Young was taken to the police station where he blew 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, nearly twice the legal limit.

Lisa Elkington, defending, said Young had been drinking beer with friends that afternoon, then had soft drinks before another beer at around midnight.

Young said he did not feel drunk and thought he would be OK to drive the short distance from the town centre to McDonald’s.

She added that initially he ‘did panic’ and denied drinking to the officers, before complying with the test.

Magistrates disqualified Young for a total of 40 months, and he must also pay a £400 fine, £150 criminal court charge, £40 victim surcharge, and £85 in prosecution costs.