A MAN’S early hours snack at McDonald’s cost him his driving licence.
James Haigh was banned from driving after Huddersfield magistrates heard that a police breath test revealed him to be more than three times over the legal drink-drive limit.
Disqualifying the plasterer from taking to the wheel for almost two years, they told the 26-year-old that his meal had proved to be very expensive.
Haigh, of Hall Lane, Highburton, had pleaded guilty to the offence of driving while over the prescribed limit on October 21.
The bench was told that at just after 3am Haigh was stopped on the A629 Penistone Road at Kirkburton by a police officer.
The test revealed him to have 113 micrograms per 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35.
Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, said that Haigh – who runs his own business named Haigh Plastering – had that evening been drinking in the pub with his father after work.
He said Haigh parked his vehicle outside his father’s address and after drinking a number of pints of Strongbow had walked back there.
He sat up watching TV and it was then that his lawyer said he made a “ridiculous decision”.
Mr Slawinski said: “He wanted some food and decided to drive to McDonald’s.
“That was the most stupid thing to do and it doesn’t make sense.”
Magistrates gave Haigh a community order, including curfew for 10 weeks.
They also disqualified him from driving for 23 months and ordered him to pay £85 costs.