A drink-driver has been banned after being shopped by McDonalds staff who told him to pull into a parking bay and wait for his food as they called police.
Thomas Crandon, 24, pulled into a drive-through for a burger at 2.30am after downing four pints of cider.
Staff smelled alcohol on his breath as he placed his order and told him to wait while they prepared it.
But as he sat in a holding bay in his Audi A3 they dialled 999 and police rushed to the branch in Yeovil, Somerset.
They arrested him and took him to the police station where he gave a breath test reading of 65mcgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost twice the 35mcg limit.
Prosecutor Julyan Stephens told magistrates in Yeovil that Crandon went to McDonalds at 2.30am when staff became suspicious that he had been drinking.
He said: “They could smell alcohol on him so reported it to the police and he then went to one of the waiting bays.”
Crandon told police he had drunk three or four pints of Thatchers Gold cider between 10.30pm and 1.30am at a local festival.
He said he had intended to sleep in his tent with friends before making the “stupid decision” to drive home.
He told the court: “I ended up going to McDonalds, paid for the food and then 10 minutes later the police arrived. It was a very silly thing to have done.”
Crandon, of Hinton St Mary, nr Sturminster Newton, Dorset admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance.
He was banned from driving for 17 months and fined £300 with £85 costs.
McDonald‘s said their staff are not required to inform police of suspected drink drivers, but are happy for them to report incidents.
A spokesman said: “There is no policy at McDonald‘s for employees to report incidents like this.
“If an employee is concerned about a customer’s wellbeing, and the safety of other customers, then it is within their right to report the incident to the police.”