Mum’s McDonald’s driving drama results in driving ban

A mum was caught driving drunk after driving a few meters in a McDonald’s.

Elizabeth Weaver had visited the Festival Park site with a friend and was initially sitting in the passenger seat of the Mercedes.

But the North Staffordshire Justice Center heard an incident occurred after the cashier staff member accidentally dropped his bag of food.

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This meant Weaver, 27, and her friend had to move the car to the main parking lot so they could settle for a refund or replacement order.

Weaver climbed into the driver’s seat and pulled over so they could fix the problem.

Prosecutor Angela Trafford said: ‘When the police arrived this lady was named as the driver of the vehicle.

She underwent a breath test and gave a reading of 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Weaver, of Wallis Street, Fenton, admitted driving over the alcohol limit on February 5.

But Peter Howland, toning down, said she had no intention of driving that night after drinking.

“On the day in question, she had gone to Birmingham to take her daughter to a concert. She hasn’t had a drink all day,” he added.

“She came back and decided to visit a friend’s house in Kidsgrove. It was there that she consumed alcohol.

“The friend didn’t want to go to McDonalds, but she did. He drove to McDonald’s.

It was only after the incident on the forecourt that she agreed to maneuver the vehicle into the parking space. “She literally traveled yards,” Mr Howland said.

Weaver has no prior convictions.

The magistrates fined him £120 and also ordered him to pay £135 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

They also disqualified her from driving for 18 months, although this is reduced by 18 weeks if she takes a drink-driving awareness course.

Bench Chair Jo Fox said: ‘I’m sure there’s no one more disappointed to be in this courtroom today than you.’

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