Disqualification after trucker’s drunken collision

Chris Tindall
November 20, 2023

A lorry driver has been disqualified from driving for more than two years following a collision in East Staffordshire that led to a significant clean-up operation to clear the road.

Keith Talbot, 62, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was given a 28-month disqualification from driving at Cannock Magistrates’ Court on 5 October after pleading guilty to drink driving.

The court heard how Talbot was driving a lorry on the A38 heading towards Branston in February when he collided with a stationary lorry parked in a layby, causing large amounts of goods to be spilled over both carriages.

Talbot provided a positive roadside breath test of 158mg and was arrested at the scene.

The legal limit is 80mg.

As part of his sentencing, he was also ordered to pay court costs of £135, a surcharge of £114, attend 20 days of rehabilitation and carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

PC Martin Randle of Staffordshire police, said: “Talbot put other road user’s lives at risk while driving under the influence of alcohol.

“We welcome the court’s decision to ban him from driving. Our roads have no place for such dangerous and reckless behaviour which could’ve easily resulted in serious or fatal injury.

“We are pleased Talbot will not be able to be behind the wheel of a vehicle again for a significant amount of time.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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