"I didn't want my McDonald's to get cold," says UK motorist, caught speeding at 200kmph

Lee Rutherford was banned from getting behind the wheel after being convicted for dangerous driving

"I didn't want my McDonald's to get cold," says UK motorist, caught speeding at 200kmph

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While nobody who picks up a meal through the window of a McDonald’s drive-thru savours at the prospect of biting into a cold Big Mac, UK police officers are advising diners not to follow the lead of Lee Rutherford, a Northumberland man who was caught speeding at 129mph (207kmph) on a motorway. When pulled over and quizzed as to why he was driving at such high speeds, Rutherford claimed he wanted to get home while his burger and chips were still warm.

Driving a modified Renault Clio, the 32-year-old Rutherford was found guilty of dangerous driving for his drive-thru getaway run last February. He also admitted to police that he had made a false statement to obtain his motor insurance. He had been previously convicted of drink driving in 2004.

Speaking at Bedlington Magistrates Court, Rutherford’s solicitor Kyle Patterson said: “His driving at such a speed was because he’d been to McDonald’s and he wanted his food to still be hot by the time he got home,” adding that the speed at which his client was travelling were “just daft.”

Patterson added: “It’s a lad in a high-powered car who sees an open road in front of him at a clear time of day he put his foot down.”

The court sentenced Rutherford to a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and banned him from driving. He was also ordered to pay £1,120 (€1,260) in fines and costs.

[H/T: The Metro]

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