Driver arrested on DUI charge after encounter in drive-through lane at McDonald’s

A driver was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after an encounter early Thursday morning in a McDonald’s drive-through lane in Ocala.

Ronald Chaney
Ronald Chaney

At about 12:46 a.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to McDonald’s located at 8240 SW State Road 200 in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the drive-through lane, according to an arrest report.

The McDonald’s┬ámanager called the sheriff’s office after a yellow Chrysler PT Cruiser pulled up in the drive-through and the driver of the vehicle was told that McDonald’s was closed, but he refused to leave, the report stated. Upon the deputy’s arrival at the McDonald’s, he observed a yellow Chrysler sitting in the drive-through lane near the pick up window, advising that the vehicle was running and playing the radio loudly. The deputy made contact with the driver, 64-year-old Ronald Lear Chaney, and smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Chaney’s breath. The deputy observed Chaney’s eyes to be bloodshot and watery, while his speech was slurred. Chaney told the deputy he drank 10 beers.

After failing sobriety tests, Chaney was placed under arrest. A review of his driver’s license revealed that he was convicted of driving under the influence on Jan. 4, 1984 in Palm Beach County.

He was then transported to Marion County Jail, where he provided breath samples that registered .212 and .219 blood alcohol content. Bond was set at $2,000.