Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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Cumbrian coach driver was three times drink-drive limit

A man who drove a coach with a passenger onboard while almost three times the legal drink-drive limit has been banned from the roads.

Iain Armstrong, 41, of Pembroke Place, Penrith, admitted the offence which happened while he was driving the vehicle belonging to Cumbrian coach firm Reays.

When Armstrong was searched a half-full bottle of Famous Grouse whisky was found in his fleece jacket.

Carlisle magistrates heard how police received a report that the Reays midi Hopper coach was being driven erratically on the A6 between Kendal and Penrith on December 3.

Andrew Travis, prosecuting, said the coach was seen swerving across the carriageway. A patrol officer saw the coach near to the village of Hackthorpe and stopped it.

Armstrong, whose breath smelled strongly of alcohol, failed a roadside breath test and was arrested with the police arranging with the company for another driver to collect the coach which had a passenger onboard.

Subsequent breath tests at Carlisle police station showed he had 91mcgms in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgms

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until next Tuesday for reports.


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