Driver ‘three times over alcohol limit’

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A “paralytic” drink-driver was caught as she tried to buy food from a McDonald’s drive-thru because suspicious staff could not understand anything she was saying, a court has heard.

Ibolya Walton had been drinking lager and vodka and cokes at home on April 26 before driving to the restaurant at, Sixfields, Northampton at 2am the next day.

McDonald’s staff called police and when she was arrested, Walton, aged 50, of Brington Lane, Whilton, was found to be nearly three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Walton, who has no previous convictions, was “extremely remorseful” for her actions.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said staff were aware of a woman trying to buy food who was “clearly drunk”.

Walton was given 40 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 24 months. She was also ordered to pay £85 costs.