Drunk found asleep at the wheel at Maccas drive-thru exit

A DRUNK driver was found passed out in his car which had been parked in the car park exit lane of a McDonald's outlet.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Neil Stephen Wright pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

Police had been alerted to a suspected drink driver who had gone through a McDonald's drive-thru in Yamanto at 2.55am.

When police arrived five minutes later, they found Wright asleep in the driver's seat with food items on his lap.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Wright had his keys in the car's ignition and the headlights on but the engine was not running.

The officers tried to wake Wright to which he responded by opening an eye, looking at them and muttering "fine thanks" before going back to sleep.

When police tried a second time, the 29-year-old seemed to become aware he was being addressed by police and woke up.

Wright told police he had not been drinking however he recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.154 when he was given a breath test.

He said he had driven to McDonald's because he was hungry.

Defence lawyer Leigh Rollason said Wright had a "significant" alcohol problem but had taken steps to deal with his addiction.

"With a disease like alcoholism, you rarely see an addict go from the depths to complete recovery without slipping along the way," he said.

"That is what has happened here."

Mr Rollason said his client had begun consultations with a psychiatrist to develop an intensive treatment program to address his alcoholism.

He said Wright was further assisted by the support of his family.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum noted Wright had been previously convicted of a drink-driving offence four years ago.

Wright was convicted and fined $950 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.


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