McDonalds staff report drink-driver

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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Staff at a McDonalds drive-thru reported a football coach to police when they smelt alcohol on his breath.

Luke McKeown had called in for breakfast at 7.30am at the fast-food outlet in Lytham, when workers there became suspicious about him.

Drive-through staff gave a description of his car to police and police who stopped McKeown’s Peugeot found he was more than twice over the limit.

McKeown, a 34-year-old businessman, of Hastings Avenue, Warton, near Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 17 months and fined £90 with £50 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police received information a possible drink-driver was at the McDonalds drive-through on July 19 at about 7.30am.

A description of McKeown’s car was given and police saw him driving nearby on Clifton Drive. A breath test showed 71 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit. Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said McKeown had had drinks with a friend and stayed the night there. When he drove for breakfast he had no idea he was over the limit. It was McDonalds staff who reported him to police.

The driving ban would cause McKeown considerable hardship. He was a football coach for a team in Ormskirk. He had just set up his own business and would find it difficult to see his children who lived some miles away.