Man Gets DWI After Falling Asleep at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

A sleepy case of drunk driving and late-night fast food

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Drunk driving and drive-thrus don't always end in Big Macs

Falling asleep behind the wheel usually doesn’t end well. On August 10th, a driver fell asleep at a McDonald’s drive-thru with the car engine still running, Associated Press reported. Jesse Blair, who lives in Newstead, New York, entered the drive-thru in Erie County at 2 a.m. for a late-night snack, but couldn’t stay awake any longer.

Troopers arrived at the scene on Main Street, and woke up Blair, who was still asleep in the black Chevrolet Malibu, according to the New York State Police release. The driver voluntarily took gave a breath sample, and the troopers found that he had a blood alcohol concentration of nearly twice the legal limit. Blair was then charged with driving while intoxicated and issued traffic tickets.

This is not the first of drive-thru incidents. Last January, a Tennessee man was charged with DWI when he fell asleep at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago. This April, a man, who was allegedly asleep on a drive-thru lane, was charged with driving while impaired at a fast-food restaurant in Lakeville, Minnesota, and last June, the Minnesota Vikings' Jerome Felton was charged with second-degree DWI at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Eden Prairie, 1500 ESPN reported.

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As for Jesse Blair, he is scheduled to go to court at a later date. Instead of getting a Big Mac with a side of fries, the drive-thru incident resulted in a not-so-appetizing DWI charge.