A 27-year-old St. Clair Shores man was recently arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol after police woke him up in a McDonald's drive-through lane in Clinton Township.
According to police, they received a report at 2:40 a.m. from McDonald's employees that a man had passed out in the drive-through lane of their store. Officers who responded found the car still running, although the sleeping driver had managed to keep his foot on the brake pedal. Police turned off the vehicle and removed the key.
Allegedly, the accused was so intoxicated that he ordered a beer from one officer after he woke up but then changed his order to an ice cream parfait once he realized he was talking to police.
The alleged drunk driver underwent a breathalyzer test but failed the test with a blood-alcohol content of 0.22. The breath test was nearly three times Michigan's BAC limit of 0.08. In addition, the man is reported to have a previous drunken-driving arrest.
Michigan DUI laws state that any motorist convicted of drunken driving may face a license suspension, regardless of the number of convictions. A suspension, however, could be the minimal penalty. Convictions also carry the possibility of heavy fines and imprisonment. Losing driving privileges alone can affect a person's daily activities, including travel to and from a job or school. Drunken-driving convictions usually increase insurance premiums and can negatively affect employment opportunities as well.
A drunken-driving charge can be especially difficult if the accused has prior DUI convictions. Anyone facing drunken-driving allegations should do so with the help and knowledge of legal professionals who can help reach the best possible outcome for the accused. Such actions might include challenging any inappropriate police actions during a search and arrest and the accuracy of field sobriety tests.
Source: Macomb Daily, "Drunk orders beer from cop in McDonalds drive-through in Clinton Twp," Gordon Wilcyznski, July 19, 2013