A DRUNKEN young woman who crashed her car into a McDonald’s drive through has been banned from driving.
Natalie Rigby knocked the wing mirror off her car as she tried to leave the restaurant in Bathgate. Livingston Sheriff Court heard today she got out to pick up the broken pieces then climbed back into the driver’s seat.
Rigby – who was nearly three times the drink drive limit – was also seen scraping the side of her Vauxhall Corsa along a fence near the exit.
Staff called police and Rigby, 21, was stopped on the way to her home in the town.
She pleaded guilty to driving with 102 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, nearly three times the legal limit.
She also admitted failing to stop after the accidents and failing to report them.
Lyndsey Armstrong, prosecuting, said the incident happened just after midnight on May 8 this year.
She said: “Somebody who was working at the drive-through restaurant saw her holding broken parts in her hand and formed the view that she was intoxicated.”
Ms Armstrong moved for forfeiture of Rigby’s £4,000 car because of the high breathalyzer reading.
Raymond McMenamin, defending, said the single mum had been out for a meal with a friend and had planned to leave the car in the restaurant car park.
But she had a major fallout after a drinking session and ended up going back to sit in her car to talk things through.
He said: “She’s described her decision to drive as one of the worst decisions she’s ever made.
“She was angry and she was upset and it seems that her reasoning wasn’t at the forefront of her mind. She recognises this was a gross error of judgment on her part.
“She’s a first offender and, in all the circumstances, forfeiture of her car would be excessive.”
Sheriff Martin Edington fined her £605 and banned her from driving for 16 months.
He told her: “Your behaviour that night was really quite reprehensible.
“Not only did you drive while nearly three times the drink drive limit you had not one but two accidents and failed to stop and report either of them.”
He refused to confiscate the car but told Rigby: “If your struggling financially you may want to sell the car and pay the fines immediately.”