McDonald’s is one of those places that really come to life late at night. The local bars and nightclubs let out at 1 or 2 am, and hungry people stream into the restaurant and drive-thru looking for greasy food made hot and fast. But for one man in Marystown, Newfoundland, a trip through the McDonald’s drive-thru ended up with him getting a bit more than an order of fries and a Big Mac.
The 26-year-old man drove through to pick up an order and McDonald’s employees working that night called him in for suspicion of impaired driving. Because the police station is right nearby, they responded quickly and asked the man to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was found to be nearly four times the legal limit of .08, and his vehicle was impounded before he was taken to jail.
Not only is he facing an impaired driving charge, he’s also facing charges of driving without registration, driving without insurance, and driving while his license is suspended. In Newfoundland, that can mean stiff penalties.
Just for the impaired driving charge, if you’re caught with a BAC over .08, you’ll receive an immediate 24-hour drivers license suspension, an additional 90-day suspension that begins 14 days after arrest, and if you’re convicted, you’ll be prohibited from driving for one year. You’ll also have to pay a minimum of $600 in fines, must take the mandatory Think First alcohol education program, and be required to install an ignition interlock in your vehicle for 9 months.
Let this drive-thru experience be an example if you’re ever tempted to drink and drive after a night out at the bars or clubs. You might be starving and want food right away, but you’ll get more than that side of fries or burger if you drive impaired through a drive-thru like McDonald’s.