A DRIVER who did not realise how drunk he was when he went to get a McDonald’s meal has been banned from driving for two years.
Joseph Jackson, of Torrington, pleaded guilty to drink driving at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court heard how 21-year-old Jackson, who only passed his test in January, had been drinking all day at a friend’s house in Braunton and did not realise how much alcohol he had consumed.
Ben Winzer, for the prosecution, told the court how a member of the public called the police to say they were concerned after seeing a man “stumble” out of a green Peugeot 206 at the McDonald’s in Old Station Road.
Police then stopped Jackson before he drove off, and he recorded 93 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath in a test. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
Jen Law, for the defence, said this would be a steep learning curve for a new driver.
He was disqualified from driving for a period of 24 months, and ordered to do 50 hours’ worth of unpaid work.
Presiding magistrate Dr Martyn Steer-Fowler told Jackson that he should have known better.
He was also ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.