Lorry driver faces jail threat

A LORRY driver has been threatened with jail after police caught him drink driving along the A14 despite the fact his licence had already been revoked.

A LORRY driver has been threatened with jail after police caught him drink driving along the A14 despite the fact his licence had already been revoked.

Nicholas Drury was drinking from a can of Special Brew beer when police stopped him at the Copdock Interchange at 3.45pm on June 4.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that there were another six unopened cans in his vehicle and when he was breath tested they found 56-year-old Drury had 90micrograms of alcohol in 100millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Drury, of South Street, Faversham, Kent, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

On the second charge the court was told that Drury's licence had been revoked on medical grounds in February.

He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a bladed article in a public place after police found he had a lock knife.

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He appeared before magistrates and was told to return to court on July 2 when he will be sentenced.

Magistrate Ted Draper said: “We have to say we view the drinking and driving very seriously. Because you were actually drinking as you were progressing along the highway that clearly casts doubt on your judgement.

“Also you were driving a very large vehicle.

“We therefore must ask for a pre-sentence report with all options, including custody, open to the bench.”

Drury was told the bench would take into account the fact that the lock knife was used in the course of his work.

The magistrates imposed an interim driving ban prior to Drury's sentencing.

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