A drink driver who was stopped after McDonalds staff called police due to concerns that she was slurring and smelled of booze when she stopped for a late-night takeaway has been banned from the roads.

Michelle Hallam, from Eaglescliffe, pleaded guilty to driving while above the legal limit for alcohol.

The 47-year-old was stopped in her Audi A3 in Yarm Road, Darlington, on May 12.

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Staff at the McDonalds in Morton Park had alerted police after a customer arrived smelling of booze, slurring her speech and behaving strangely.

She did a breath test and was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – above the legal limit of 35.

Hallam, of Player Court, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving while above the legal limit for alcohol.

A charge of failing to stop was withdrawn.

Hallam was given a £120 fine and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

She was also told to pay £85 court costs.

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