BLAME IT ON THE BUGGY! Driv­ing ban and fine for drive-thru golf cart

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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.

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