Harrogate van driver, 60, caught three times over drink excursion limit as…

A 60-year-old drink driver was caught three times over the legal limit shortly after leaving work in Harrogate.

Police received a tip-off just after 1.30pm on November 9 with the caller stating there was a man driving a van who was potentially under the influence of alcohol.

Officers from the Roads Policing Group acted swiftly and caught up with the speculate on Skipton Road a short time later.

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The 60-year-old driver of the van was asked to provide a roadside breath test and initially refused, so was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide.

When officers returned to the stop with him, the man blew 135 – the legal limit is 35. He was charged with drink driving.

Skipton Road in Harrogate [stock image]

Sergeant Paul Cording from the North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group said: “The fact that this man had been driving as part of his job yesterday and provided such a high reading is astonishing.

“The actions from the member of the public who called us with this information yesterday has probably saved a life.”

Sgt Cording additional: “I would encourage anyone who suspects a person to have drink or drugs in their system and is driving or about to excursion to call us closest on 999.”

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