Three-times-limit motorist crashed into rear of vehicle at McDonald’s drive-thru

McDonalds restaurant Ballymena
McDonald’s restaurant in Ballymena

A motorist was three times the drink limit when she collided with the rear of a vehicle at the drive-thru at McDonald’s in Ballymena at 2.20am on Sunday October 28 this year.

Charlize McCallion-Graham (18), of Rockfield Heights in Connor, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on November 29 and admitted driving with excess alcohol in her breath.

Police were called on October 28 and she was found to have an alcohol/breath reading of 106 with the limit being 35.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client had been out for the night with friends and had planned to leave her car and stay but “for whatever reason” decided to drive to McDonalds.

He said the reading was high as the defendant had nothing to eat all day.

District Judge Nigel Broderick banned the defendant from the road for 16 months and fined her £200.

She will have to re-sit her driving test.

The judge said it was a very high reading and told the defendant: “No doubt you have learned a very harsh lesson”.

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