North East Wales

McDonald's customer was drink-driving at drive-through

A man who was refused service at a McDonald's drive-through because he was on foot, returned in his car - and was caught drink-driving.

Graham Read, 39, of Broughton, Flintshire, was returning home from a pub when staff refused to serve him.

When he "stupidly" returned in his car, he was stopped by police and was more than twice the drink-drive limit, Mold magistrates heard.

He was fined £100 with £100 costs, and banned from driving for 20 months.

Prosecutor Matthew Ellis told the court it happened in the early hours of 25 March when police spotted a Ford Mondeo pulling out of the McDonald's car park on the Broughton Retail Park.

Officers stopped Read - who admitted drink-driving - and his alcohol reading was found to be 76 micrograms, compared with the legal limit of 35.

'Foolish actions'

Phillip Marshall-Thomas, defending, said Read had earlier been drinking at a pub on the retail park, and called at McDonald's as he walked home.

"They refused to give him food because he was not the driver of a car," he said.

"Stupidly he decided to go home which was not far away and pick up his car.

"He drove back and was able to order his food.

"It was due to his foolish actions that he was caught by the police, who stopped him as he pulled away from McDonald's."