Drunk HGV driver jailed

Chris Tindall
August 5, 2021

An HGV driver drunk at the wheel has been jailed for 12 weeks after the police received reports from motorists about his erratic driving.

Jack Marlow pleaded guilty to the offence after appearing at Warrington Magistrates’ Court last month. The 26-year-old initially refused to stop for officers, called to the M62 on 7 July after members of the public raised concerns about the manner of his driving. Eventually he pulled over near to junction 6, Tarbuck Island, where the police found a number of cans of alcohol in his cab.

Cheshire Police said that following his arrest Marlow provided a reading of 113 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than three times the legal limit of 35 micrograms. As well as being jailed, he was also banned from driving for 118 weeks and ordered to pay £128 costs.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of the roads and crime unit, said: “Marlow was more than three times over the limit and was in no fit state to be behind the wheel of a HGV which can be deadly in the wrong hands. Thankfully, as a result of the quick thinking motorists who reported his driving, we were able to arrest him and quickly bring him to justice – thanks to them it is highly possible that a serious collision was avoided.”

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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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