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Drink-driving trucker banned after Port of Felixstowe breath test

Ricard Ruzgel failed a roadside breath test in Felixstowe  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ricard Ruzgel failed a roadside breath test in Felixstowe Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A truck driver has paid with his livelihood for a night of drinking before being caught over the limit near the Port of Felixstowe.

Ricard Ruzgel had to find alternative means for his 230-mile return to Lancashire from police headquarters on Tuesday morning, after being banned from driving for 16 months and fined £500.

Ruzgel, 49, of Windrows, Skelmersdale, was pulled over in an articulated lorry at 9.26am the previous morning in Port of Felixstowe Road.

After failing a breath test, he was taken to the station and found to have 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath the legal limit being 35mcg.

His licence had already been endorsed with 10 points in 2016 for failing to provide a specimen for analysis after being in charge of a vehicle.

Via video link and through a Lithuanian interpreter, he admitted the latest offence to Ipswich magistrates but claimed to have been drinking the night before taking to the road.

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