An HGV driver who downed cans of beer as he drove his truck along busy roads has been jailed for five months.

Worried members of the public raised the alarm to Police, who upon searching Mr Kevin Stevenson’s vehicle, they found empty beer cans littered in his cab.

The 44-year-old is not only serving a prison sentence but he has also been banned from the road for eight years after admitting being behind the wheel of the lorry while almost four times the old legal alcohol limit.

Stevenson was working for building firm Jewson when the incident happened – but was sacked when his bosses found out about it.

After officers found empty cans in the front of the vehicle, a breath test then showed that Stevenson had 125 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit at the time was 35 micrograms.

Stevenson initially maintained he had stopped the vehicle to drink, but a tracking device on the lorry showed it was last driven minutes before he entered the petrol station.

Find up to date information about drink driving on UK Haulier’s Drink Driving Legal Information.

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