Drink driver has costly trip to get fast food

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A MAN who tried to drive to McDonald’s and lost control of his car while under the influence of alcohol has been banned from the road.

Benjamin Cooper had been out drinking with friends the night before the incident and had taken a taxi afterwards but then decided to drive to McDonald’s, Newgate Lane, Fareham, at 5.30am on Sunday, December 8.

Fareham Magistrates Court heard how witnesses were surprised to see a black Corsa leave the road on Longfield Avenue and mount the pavement, before smashing into road signs and a lamppost.

When police arrived, they found the 24-year-old in an emotional state with 112mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath — more than three times the legal limit.

Cooper, of Challenger Drive, Gosport, pleaded guilty to driving with alcohol level above limit.

Cooper, a bank worker, was banned from driving for 28 months, with the option to reduce this by six months by attending a drink-driving awareness course.

He must also do 150 hours unpaid work, pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Chairman of the bench Edwin Daniels said: ‘It is a steep learning curve.’