Drunk lorry driver banned

A LORRY driver has been banned from driving for 28 months after he was caught almost three times over the legal drink-drive limit.

Police received 30 emergency calls about a lorry being driven erratically on the M11 near Cambridge at about 6.45pm on Sunday (April 15).

Officers attended and found the vehicle stationary in one of the lanes at junction 14 between the A14 and A428. The driver, Atilla Klacso, 37, from Slovakia, was slumped in his seat.

He attempted to drive off but was stopped nearby.

He was found to have 93 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday), and in addition to the ban was fined �500 and ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 victim surcharge. However, he opted to spend 10 days in custody instead of paying the fines.

Casualty reduction officer Steve Gedny said: “This was extremely dangerous and it is only through sheer luck and sensible driving by other road users that the vehicle was not involved in a collision.

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“Drink driving is not acceptable and we will act on any information that someone is intoxicated behind the wheel.

“Drivers cannot assume they will get away with such behaviour simply because they are in a company vehicle.”

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