$400 fine with that Big Mac

PUSHING a car through a McDonald's drive-thru in attempt to avoid a drink-driving charge has proved fruitless for one young Warwick man.

Ben William Wagner decided the safest way to satisfy his early morning munchies was by having a group of friends push his vehicle to the restaurant while he steered.

The group of around eight people pushed the car from King St to the McDonald's restaurant on Albion St at around 1.30am on October 29.

When spoken to by police, Wagner admitted to starting the car and using it to drive from the order box to the drive-thru window and then to the carpark.

When taken back to the police station, Wagner returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.095.

The bar attendant told police the group hatched the plan to push the car as it was the only way to access McDonald's at that time of the morning.

Acting Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said take-away food and cigarettes were the downfall of many people who chose to drive while intoxicated.

He asked Wagner if there weren't other ways to satisfy his drunken hankerings.

"Haven't you got a toasted sandwich maker or something at home?" he asked.

Wagner told the magistrate that he guessed he just felt like Maccas.

The 21-year-old man pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week to one charge of drink driving.

Wagner was slapped with a $400 fine and disqualified from driving for three months.


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