Burger and a ban for teen Huthwaite driver

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A hunger for fast food landed a teenager in trouble after staff spotted he was drunk while ordering food at a Mcdonald’s ‘drive-thru’.

Jake Sidebottom (19) of Lower Meadow Lane, Huthwaite, made the decision to go to the burger restaurant on Sutton Road, Sutton, after a night out drinking.

Staff called police who caught up with him while he parked his VW Polo in a nearby bay.

He was found to have 83mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Admitting a charge of drink driving, the court was told that he had been very apologetic and remorseful when interviewed by police.

Defending, Louisa Treharne, said Sidebottom and his family had been ‘deeply affected’ by the incident.

She said that he had been the victim of a serious assault just weeks before in which his jaw was fractured in multiple places.

She said the impact had meant he had been left feeling vulnerable and frightened to have been on his own.

He had gone out with friends and run out of money.

But rather than calling his parents, he made the decision to get behind the wheel.

“He made a ridiculous decision and it could have been a lot worse,” added Miss Treharne.

“I have no doubt whatsoever that this will never be repeated.”

Because of his early guilty plea, and for the reasons outlined by his solicitor, he was given a lenient 12-month ban from driving, fined £110 and made to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.