Monthly Archive: March 2017

Scowling ex-bin lorry driver Harry Clarke headed home to celebrate dodging jail with boozy carry-out after being …

HARRY Clarke heads home to celebrate yesterday’s jail dodge with a boozy carry-out.

The scowling ex-bin lorry driver shuffled into his flat clutching a case of John Smith’s beer less than an hour after he was tagged for driving while banned.

Harry Clarke returns to his flat from court with his carry-out

Harry Clarke returns to his flat from court with his carry-out

Clarke, 60, was put on a 7pm to 7am curfew and given community service for getting behind the wheel just months after he blacked out in a 26-ton refuse truck and ploughed into crowds of shoppers, killing six.

Last night he looked well prepared for his nightly confinement in Baillieston, Glasgow. An onlooker said: “Harry arrived back at his flat in an Alfa Romeo and hauled himself out the passenger side.

“But he stooped back in to talk to the driver before he emerged holding a pack of beers. He’s got a few long nights ahead of him and must have felt the need for a pick-me-up.

“He was still wearing his court suit and didn’t look happy when he lumbered to the back door alone.


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“His pal drove away sharp, leaving Harry to his carry-out.”

Earlier, Clarke — who faced up to five years behind bars — was blasted for “reprehensible” behaviour by flouting his ban as he was sentenced for reckless driving.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC told him: “You must understand the decision you made to drive your vehicle on the road, even for a short distance, was one which was wholly irresponsible and reprehensible.

“It placed the safety of the public at risk. That was a risk which had been fully explained to you and led to the revocation of your driving licence on medical grounds.”

Referring to the bin lorry tragedy in central Glasgow, he continued: “You must have been aware of the possible consequences of you suffering a loss of consciousness while driving after the tragic consequences of December 22, 2014.”

Sheriff Jones said he believed Clarke’s conduct when he was spotted driving in September 2015 went “beyond the custody threshold”.

But his hands were tied as a sheriff cannot lock up an offender who has never served a custodial sentence unless there is “no other method” of dealing with them.

Clarke’s defence lawyer Ross Yuill said he accepted he made a “gross error in judgment”.

He asked the sheriff to take into account claims Clarke was the target of death threats, the “stress” of the bin crash probe and the fact he is now jobless and on benefits.

Six perished when when Clarke blacked out at the wheel of the bin lorry

Six perished when when Clarke blacked out at the wheel of the bin lorry

But prosecutor Mark Allan said: “It is the Crown’s position that the very act of driving at all was culpable and reckless.”

Sheriff Jones ordered Clarke to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work with 12 months’ supervision.

He put him under electronic tag curfew and disqualified from driving for three years — although his licence is revoked “indefinitely” by the DVLA on medical grounds.

Clarke pleaded guilty to reckless driving in February.

Worried neighbours shopped the ex-Glasgow council worker when they saw him leave a communal car park in a white Vauxhall Corsa and return in it two hours later.

In June that year his licence had been revoked for 12 months after it emerged he had a history of health issues including blackouts. Mr Yuill claimed he had only moved the motor “20 or 30 yards” to unload “heavy tools”
closer to his main door.

Clarke told cops he only moved it in the car park to “keep the wheels turning a wee bit”.

Cops scoured CCTV and used number plate recognition for evidence of Clarke’s drive.

Six bin lorry victims

Six bin lorry victims

But they couldn’t clock the car — so the Crown couldn’t “accept or reject” his claim about where he went.

Following his sentencing yesterday, Clarke refused to comment outside court and his flat.

Bin lorry victims Erin McQuade, 18, and grandparents Jack, 68, and Lorraine Sweeney, 69, of Dumbarton, died when Clarke passed out and his truck ploughed into pedestrians.

Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, from Glasgow, and Gillian Ewing, 52, of Edinburgh, also perished.

A probe found the carnage could have been avoided if Clarke had not lied about his blackouts to keep his job.

But Crown Official officials said there was “insufficient evidence” for criminal charges — and a private prosecution bid by relatives of relatives of Erin, Jack and Lorraine was rejected in December.

McQuade family lawyer Paul Kavanagh said: “The sentence is no surprise to them. Their only concern is getting justice.”

Stint in cop shop cells so ‘difficult’

CLARKE bleated that he found a short spell in the cells “very difficult” after his arrest.

Cops nicked him two days after neighbours clocked him at the wheel of a car in September 2015.

Yesterday his lawyer Ross Yuill told his sentencing hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court: “Harry Clarke voluntarily surrendered at Helen Street police station.

“He spent some time in custody, an experience he found very difficult.”

Mr Yuill also claimed Clarke was under “pressure” during a probe into the bin horror after it emerged victims’ families planned to pursue a private prosecution against him.

Glasgow bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke leaves Glasgow Sheriff Court

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Witness: Truck driver texting before crash that killed 13

A witness to a deadly Texas wreck involving a church minibus says the driver of a pickup truck that crossed the center line repeatedly apologized and acknowledged he had been texting while driving.

Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press on Friday that he was driving behind the truck and had seen it being driven erratically prior to the collision on a rural two-lane road about 75 miles west (120 km) of San Antonio.

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Kuchler says he spoke with the driver as he was pinned in his truck Wednesday moments after the collision with the bus carrying senior adults with First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas.

Kuchler says he told the driver, “Son, do you know what you just did?” He says the driver responded by repeatedly apologizing.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the driver as 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young.

Audio of Kulcher’s call into the Real County Sheriff’s Office describes the moments just before the crash. 

“He’s all over the road. Somebody needs to stop this guy,” said Kulcher. “I’m following this guy. He’s all over the road. Somebody needs to stop this guy. I already called Uvalde. I’m headed toward Concan right now.”

He described a white Dodge truck driving recklessly. He also said he thought the driver was going around 80 miles an hour.

A woman in the passenger seat of the car was shooting video showing the truck swerving in and out of its lane. Below is a clip of the 14-minute-long video acquired by KHOU sister station KENS 5. 

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Police: Truck driver used meth, cocaine and LSD instead of sleep on cross-country trip

A semi truck driven cross-country by a man who allegedly used drugs instead of resting. Image courtesy Deerfield Police Department, Massachusetts via Facebook.

Police: Truck driver used meth, cocaine and LSD instead of sleep on cross-country trip

A semi truck driven cross-country by a man who allegedly used drugs instead of resting. Image courtesy Deerfield Police Department, Massachusetts via Facebook.

DEERFIELD, Mass. — Police in Massachusetts responded to a truck driver who had locked himself out of his vehicle and learned the man had traveled across the country without sleeping and under the influence of meth, LSD and cocaine.

According to the Deerfield Police Department, officers responded to a Circle K Tuesday afternoon on a report of a despondent truck driver who was locked out of his vehicle.

Police said the driver was combative and showing signs of drug use and ultimately admitted to using methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine.

The department states officers “had quite the struggle to get this truck driver to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center. He was clearly a danger to himself and others.”

The vehicle was impounded, and police say it appears the driver had been choosing drugs over sleep.

“It appeared the driver didn’t rest, only used drugs, and drove from Seattle, Washington to Deerfield, with a destination on the East Coast,” the department stated.

A truck driver put the pedal to the metal in the most dangerous way possible on a cross-country trip

The harrowing story of a trucker is sweeping the nation.

An unnamed truck driver drove from Seattle, Washington, to Deerfield, Massachusetts, without stopping to sleep, using crystal methamphetamine, LSD and cocaine to keep himself awake.

The Deerfield Police Department posted a picture of his truck and explained the ordeal in a Facebook post[1].

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“Thankfully, a Truck Driver on Drugs didn’t kill anyone on his way across the Country,” the department wrote.

They explained that the department found the driver locked out of his truck after being alerted to his behavior on the road. One of their sergeants approached the driver, where he was “clearly acting combative and showing signs of drug use.”

The driver then reportedly admitted to drug use. The officers struggled to get him to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

He is now facing charges of operating while under the influence.

Overturned lorry being lifted on busy stretch of road – traffic reduced to single lane

Efforts are still underway to lift the articulated lorry that overturned on the Donegal Town side of Barnesmore Gap.

As light faded on Friday evening a crew was trying to raise the lorry with a crane. Traffic is down to one lane and motorists are warned to take care.

The lorry left the main N15 road at around 6.45 am and ended up on its side in a field. Emergency services attended the scene and brought one man to Letterkenny University Hospital. However, his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The overturned lorry was being used for supermarket and grocery shop deliveries at the time. The goods were transferred to another vehicle earlier today.


The lorry travelled a short distance off the main road and was lying at a lower level than the road, making for a more difficult lifting process.

There were some delays to traffic during busy periods earlier this evening but traffic is flowing more freely now. However, motorists are urged to be mindful of other road users as they pass the scene.


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Hermantown truck driver claims $1 million lottery prize

Greg Anderson of Hermantown stepped forward Friday to claim this $1 million won int he March 18 Powerball lottery. (Minnesota State Lottery photo)

It took nearly two weeks but we now know who had that million-dollar lottery ticket purchased in West Duluth on March 18.

Greg Anderson of Hermantown was on his way out of town that Saturday for an almost weeklong work trip when he stopped to pick up a couple of Powerball tickets for that night’s drawing.

It wasn’t until a week later that Anderson, a truck driver by trade, discovered that he had traveled to New York and back with a $1 million winning Powerball ticket in his wallet.

“It was hard not to smile,” Anderson told the Minnesota State Lottery when he claimed his prize Friday.

“I’m a saver by nature,” he said, so it’s no surprise he plans to save the majority for retirement.  “Being able to retire comfortably is going to be a good feeling,” he said. Adding, “I may go a little early now!”

Anderson won the $1 million Powerball prize by matching the first five winning numbers drawn. He bought the ticket at the Holiday store on Grand Avenue. The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.