BLAME IT ON THE BUGGY! Driving ban and fine for drive-thru golf cart
A DRINK-driving teen who got behind the wheel of a golf buggy and attempted to go into a McDonald’s drive-though has been banned from the roads for a year.
Jamie Elliot was over the limit when he started driving the “propelled vehicle” in Catterick, with a passenger on board, in the early hours of May 29.
A court heard how the 18-year-old had been out drinking when he took the golf buggy from Catterick Golf Club and tried to take it into the drive-through, which is over a mile away. Northallerton that, should he complete a rehabilitation course by the end of January next year, the length of the ban would be reduced.
The prosecutor said the teenager would have had to have opened a secure shed in order to access the buggy.
He had therefore been given a caution for taking without consent.
When he was taken to a nearby police station, Elliot was breathalysed and gave a reading of 47 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.
Nick Woodhouse, defending, said: “Given that he was driving a vehicle that is not capable of any high speed, with no traffic on the roads, a financial penalty might be considered a fairer punishment than a disqualification.
“He was co-operative with officers at the scene and fully accepts what he has done.”
However, chair of the bench Julia Svennevig imposed the driving ban, telling Elliot that he would have to apply to the DVLA in order to get his licence back.