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

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