Police arrest lorry driver on suspicion of being nearly five times the drink-drive limit on busy Devon road

The driver of a 44 tonne lorry has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving on the A38. Kingsbridge police say the driver, a 50-year-old male, was pulled over near Chudleigh on the A38 after coming down from Wales yesterday. A police spokesman said: “The driver blew nearly 5 times the limit.

So lucky nobody was killed.” He remained in custody on Saturday until he was fit to leave the police station. It is unclear if the lorry was owned by Tesco.

Update: Kingsbridge Police released the following statement on Sunday afternoon: “Yesterday afternoon, Police received reports of a 44 tonne lorry swerving on the A38. The vehicle was located and the driver breathalysed which he failed.

He was conveyed to Charles Cross Custody Suite where he provided two further samples, being nearly 4 1/2 times the legal limt. “Today, a 51 year old male from Cwmbran, Wales was charged with drink driving. He has been remanded in Custody to appear at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

“We would like to confirm that the male was in no way connected with Samworth Brothers and they bear no responsibility for the incident.”

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