Motorway crash driver twice over drink-drive limit

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017

A MAN who drove at over twice the drink-drive limit on the M6 at Penrith was disqualified from driving for three years.

Robin Scott (52), Kelswick Drive, Nelson, Lancashire, appeared at Kendal Magistrates' Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred on 23rd February.

As well as the disqualification, Scott was also fined £215 and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

On the day of the offence, Scott was driving a white Ford Kuga hire car just south of Junction 40 at Penrith in lane three. He veered into lane two and then lane one, causing his vehicle to collide with the rear of a Vauxhall Vivaro.

The Ford vehicle overturned on to the grass verge and the Vauxhall was extensively damaged. No injuries were caused.

Scott failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. In custody, another sample of breath showed he had 79mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

In police interview, Scott gave varying accounts of his alcohol consumption, which included him having two pints of lager before his journey, drinking the previous evening and consuming vodka straight after the incident.

PC Simon Smith said: "Scott was driving significantly over the prescribed alcohol limit and this could have led to himself or others being seriously injured or worse.

"It is a very serious offence to be in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and this case shows that it is taken seriously by Cumbria police and by the courts.

"I would like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help, including an off-duty paramedic, a van driver, and a HGV driver from Penrith, amongst others.

"We will continue to work hard to ensure drivers who pose a danger to others are removed from the roads."