Teenage ‘R’ driver will have to resit test


When they received a report of a motorist with drink on him using the drive-through at McDonald’s in Portadown police found him in the car park of the restaurant.

Connor McNeill (19), Whitesides Hill, Portadown, admitted being drunk in charge of a vehicle at McDonald’s car park. Meadow Lane, on October 25 this year.

At Craigavon Magistrates Court last Wednesday he was fined £120, ordered to pay a £15 levy, and given ten penalty points.

The court heard that at 4am at McDonald’s police received a report of someone who had used the drive through to be under the influence of alcohol.

Police arrived and spoke to McNeill who was sitting in the vehicle in the car park. An evidential breath test gave a reading of 57.

A solicitor representing the defendant said his client had only been driving since March as an ‘R’ driver.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said McNeill could consider himself lucky to only be prosecuted for a drunk-in-charge offence.

He added the defendant’s licence would be revoked and he would have to resit the test.