A lorry driver who drove whilst more than three times over the drink drive limit has been jailed.
On Saturday 23rd January, a member of the public reported the lorry to be driving ‘slowly’ and ‘all over the carriageway’ on the A1M near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire.
Police officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Road Policing Unit (RPU) tracked down the lorry on the A1307 at Alconbury and pulled it over.
The driver, Sveltozar Ivanov, 48, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after blowing 90 on a roadside breath test.
He went on to give a reading of 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was taken into custody. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Yesterday, Ivanov appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to drink driving and was sentenced to three months in prison. He’s also been disqualified from driving for three years and given a £360 fine.
PC Shaz Ali from the RPU said:
“Ivanov had glazed eyes, was unsteady on his feet and had to be held up to prevent him falling over. He showed no remorse for his actions and the potential consequences of driving a 40 tonne lorry while more than three times over the limit.
“Drink driving is one of the fatal four causes of collisions on our roads and the sentence given reflects how seriously the court takes these offences.
“Thank you to the member of the public who called this driver in.”
Cambridgeshire Police have a dedicated confidential hotline for the public to report suspected drink or drug drivers on. The number, 0800 032 0845, is open 24 hours a day.
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