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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Drink-drive Cumbrian bus driver avoids jail

A bus driver has been given a suspended jail term for driving at almost three times the legal limit while working.

 Iain Graham Armstrong had a paying passenger on board his Reays service bus from Kendal to Penrith when he was stopped by police in the village of Hackthorpe on December 3.

Tests showed that Armstrong had 91 micrograms of alcohol in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgms.

He admitted the offence on Friday but was back at north Cumbria magistrates court in Carlisle for sentencing today.

Magistrates gave 41-year-old Armstrong, of Pembroke Place, Penrith, a six-week prison sentence suspended for a year.

He must complete a 12-month supervision order, which includes a six-month alcohol treatment programme with Unity.

Armstrong has also been disqualified from driving for 23 months, a ban he can reduce if he successfully completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course by April 2015.

Armstrong must also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge within 28 days.

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