Drink-driver ordered burger as he waited for police to arrive
AN Ammanford drink-driver ordered food at a McDonald's drive-through and then waited for police to arrive, a court heard.
David Kenneth Jones, of Wind Street, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Cross Hands McDonald's in the early hours of Saturday, August 10.
Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said: "Police received a report from an employee of McDonald's that a red Citroen Saxo had been driven through the drive-through and the driver had ordered food.
"The request was taken and the employee believed he was drunk. The witness said that he could smell alcohol on his breath."
Llanelli magistrates heard that when police arrived they found Jones still sitting in the driver's seat.
Miss Morgan added: "His breath smelt strongly of alcohol, his eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred."
Jones was given a roadside breath test and then tested again at the police station, the court heard. He blew a reading of 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath — the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Miss Morgan said: "When interviewed he said that he had nobody with him and he had gone to McDonald's in what he called his old man's car.
"He agreed that he had paid for his order and the person had asked him if he had been drinking.
"He said that he had had a couple and he was told that the police were going to be called."
The court heard that there were a couple of relevant driving offences on Jones's record, including one in 2012 which resulted in his driving licence being endorsed with 10 points.
Mitigating, Kate Williams said: "It's a guilty plea on the first opportunity, so full credit to him for that — he waited there until the police arrived.
"It's a relatively low reading because he had had a couple of cans and he had driven there to get something to eat."
Presiding magistrate William Allan Evans said: "We have taken into account your early guilty plea in coming to our decision."
Jones was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £120. He must also pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.