Beer and fast food seems like a good combination. However, driving through a fast-food drive-thru while intoxicated can only be a recipe for DWI charges. That happened to be the case when a Minnesota man pulled through a Taco Bell drive-thru in the early morning hours. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that Nathan A. Halverson, a 26-year-old man, went through the drive thru, but did not order food. Instead, the man pulled up to the teller window, and began to make inappropriate romantic advances towards the fast food restaurant’s drive-thru employee. The employee rebuked the man, but that did not deter him from pursuing her. The man subsequently parked his vehicle next to the front door of the restaurant and flashed his high-beam headlights until police officers arrived on the scene. Police officers reported that the man was reclined in the driver’s seat of his vehicle when they arrived.
According to police officers, the man’s eyes were bloodshot and when he spoke his speech was slurred. Officers conducted field sobriety tests, which he failed, his BAC registered at 0.15%. The man was charged with several DWI charges and stalking.
This recent drive-thru arrest, as unusual as it may seem, is far from being an isolated incident. ABC News 10 reports that earlier this year, in April, a California man fell asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. The man was blocking the Burger King drive-through at 8:30 in the morning when police were called. Law enforcement officers attempted to wake the man up, and, when they suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol, made him exit the vehicle. The man failed sobriety tests and officers placed him under arrest. He then tried to flee the scene but was caught by officers.
In a separate incident a Minnesota man was arrested for violating DWI laws in a McDonald’s drive-thru when according to the Duluth News Tribune, the 23-year-old man fell asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru lane. Officers received a call before 6:00 in the morning, and woke up the man. They detected the odor of alcohol on the man and administered a breath test, which registered .15%. The man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The man is scheduled to appear in State District Court on May 20, and was released from county jail without bail.
DWI laws govern the road even when it comes to fast food drive-thru lanes. If you have been charged with violating New York DWI laws, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney to review your case. An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges against you and can represent you in court. Call an experienced New York DWI attorney at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys today at 877-418-0075 for a confidential consultation.
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