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Video shows lorry swerving across A1 after drink driver fell asleep

A lorry driver who was caught drink-driving after colliding with a central reservation on a motorway has lost his licence.

Police were called by members of the public at about 10.30am on the morning of Tuesday, May 11 after seeing the lorry swerve across the road on the A1M northbound, near Peterborough, heading up towards Lincolnshire.

Police officers who were in the area located the Scania, which had pulled over in a lay-by opposite the junction with Water Newton.

The driver, 40-year-old Lauri Martel, was breathalysed at the roadside.

He was found to be almost twice the legal drink drive limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and arrested.

Inside the driver’s cab was a coffee mug containing whiskey and Coke.

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Police also found an empty whiskey and wine bottle, which had been discarded from the driver’s window.

In interview, Martel, of no fixed address, admitted having fallen asleep at the wheel which resulted in him swerving.

He also revealed, he had drunk about two whiskeys that morning, totalling about six units.

He admitted drink-driving at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Wednesday, May 12.

Now he has been disqualified from driving for a year and four months, as well as being made to pay £755 in fines and costs.

Sergeant Sam Tucker, from Peterborough’s southern Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Martel admitted having been drinking whiskey on the morning he was arrested but felt he was fit to drive.

“Alcohol and tiredness can be a lethal combination on the roads, and for someone who drives professionally there is absolutely no excuse for it.

“Thank you to those members of the public who called us to report concerns about the manner of driving, this information enabled us to stop Martel before any potentially serious collision occurred.”

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