The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates
Free Consultations
603-841-3080

Woman asleep in fast food drive-thru arrested for drunk driving

Driving while intoxicated is not funny and not a joking matter in New Hampshire. Sometimes the circumstances of an arrest for drunk driving are amusing due to the strange or bizarre events surrounding the arrest. That is the case of a 54-year-old woman who was allegedly driving drunk when she pulled into a McDonald's drive-thru. While waiting in line, the woman fell asleep, creating a traffic jam and bringing the police instead of the hamburgers she ordered.

The Hookset police found the Manchester woman asleep at the wheel, and while speaking with the woman when she awoke, they allege to have become aware of the smell of alcohol. Police say that she admitted that she had been drinking alcohol. They then reportedly gave her field sobriety tests which she presumably failed, because she was placed under arrest.

The woman agreed to a Breathalyzer test, which reported a .12 reading. The legal limit in New Hampshire is .08 percent. She was arrested and released on bail of $1,500. The relatively minimal bail and the circumstances reported appear to indicate that this is a first offense for the accused. On a first offense, the fine may be up to $500.

In New Hampshire, a first offense with no accident and no other exacerbating circumstances is a class B misdemeanor, for which there is no mandatory jail sentence. There is, however, a loss of driver's license for nine months to two years, which in certain circumstances could be reduced to as little as 90 days. As in every other state, the penalties increase as the number of offenses increase. In addition, enhanced punishment is imposed for cases of drunk driving where there is an accident, and they go higher for an accident that results in serious injuries or death. In the latter category, the offense charged is classified as a felony.

Source: nh1.com, "Police: Woman found passed out in NH McDonald's drive-thru, charged with DWI", Feb. 15, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Serious Law for Everyday People We’re here to help. Serving the community since 1991.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

direction-icon

Rochester Office
21 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867

Phone: 603-841-3080
Fax: 603-330-3476
Rochester Law Office Map

Laconia Office
16 Academy Street
Laconia, NH 03246

Map & Directions

Back to Top