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'Staggering' Northern Ireland lorry driver four times over limit in petrol station

By Andrew Madden

Police in Antrim have described how they were "lost for words" after arresting a lorry driver who was almost four times over the drink-drive limit.

In a post on social media, PSNI Antrim said they received a report on Monday night of a male in a service station in the town "staggering all over the place" and went to investigate.

"It’s very rare as police officers that we hear something that leaves us lost for words. Generally we think we’ve seen and heard it all before. This is one of those rare occasions," police said.

"Officers made their way out to the service station where the male was located. He was the driver of an Artic lorry. To put that into perspective, it could be weighing up to 44 tonnes!

"The male failed a breath test and was arrested. He was brought to custody where he provided a sample of breath.

"His reading was 130. The legal limit is 35!"

Police said the man was "too drunk to be dealt with" on Monday night, so he had to spend the night in the cells before appearing in court on Tuesday.

"If convicted he will lose his licence for a minimum of 12 months," they added.

"Thanks to the very alert member of the public, many lives may have been saved. If you suspect anyone of drink driving please contact us immediately on 999 and give us a chance to do something about it."

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