Drunk at the drive-thru


Sunday Sun - - News - By ELAINE BLACKBURNE @eblack­burne

Paul Blake was banned from driv­ing for 22 months Re­porter SUS­PI­CIOUS McDon­ald’s drive-thru staff helped snare a drink driver who called at their restau­rant for a late-night meal. Paul Blake had been drink­ing at home and had been feel­ing sleepy when he de­cided to go to McDon­ald’s in Cam­bridge Road, Mid­dles­brough on Novem­ber 3. But Teesside mag­is­trates were told on Mon­day how it was a big mis­take as the 43-year-old was over the drink drive limit when he pulled up in the Ford Fo­cus at the restau­rant win­dow.

Emma Shea, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court how Blake, of Cheam Av­enue, Pal­lis­ter Park, Mid­dles­brough, pulled up at the win­dow and spoke to the mem­ber of staff to or­der his food.

She said: “The mem­ber of staff was con­cerned about the de­fen­dant’s man­ner.

“They di­rected him to one of the drive-thru park­ing bays and po­lice were con­tacted.”

She said an of­fi­cer ar­rived at 1.20am and found Blake in the driv­ing seat with the en­gine run­ning.

He was taken into cus­tody where a breath test gave a read­ing of 87 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath – the le­gal limit is 35 mi­cro­grammes.

John Nixon, de­fend­ing, said Blake was a man of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter.

He said: “He had con­sumed al­co­hol and was tired and dis­ori­en­tated. He was not aware he had drank too much.”

Blake ad­mit­ted driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol and mag­is­trates fined him £333 and or­dered him to pay £85 costs plus a £33 vic­tim sur­charge. He was banned from driv­ing for 22 months.

As he left the court Blake told mag­is­trates: “I am so sorry.”

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