Sentence for HGV driver drunk at wheel

Chris Tindall
February 28, 2023

A truck driver has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified for three years after he was stopped by the police for drink driving. A member of the public reported Robert Cox’s driving on the A41 in Kingswood and he was followed to Bicester, where he got on the A34 southbound. Cox then came off the A34, went through a red light at a roundabout and then continued on the A34, this time northbound. Officers stopped the HGV driver near Weston on the Green, where he failed a roadside breath test and was arrested.

In custody, Cox provided a sample that measured 107 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – placing him over the limit. He pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving at Oxford Magistrates’ Court and one count of driving a vehicle with an alcohol level above the legal limit. He was also fined £372 and sentenced to an electronic monitoring order, 150 hours of unpaid work, and an alcohol abstinence monitoring order. Cox will be subject to an extended re-test to regain his licence.

Investigating officer Sergeant Mark Scully said: “Cox was driving an articulated
lorry tractor unit, so it is very fortunate that no one was injured.”

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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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