Video shows trucker spent 38 minutes on mobile phone while driving 44-tonne truck on motorway

Other motorists alerted police as a trucker took part in a danger-filled six and a half-hour motorway drive. HGV driver Dmitrijus Jakimcovas was on his mobile phone for 38 minutes during the prolonged spell of dangerous driving on the M1 between junction 2, on the outskirts of London, to junction 22 at Markfield.

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Drivers and passengers on the M1 were so worried about his driving that they telephoned the company number on his lorry. His vehicle was seen tail-gating other motorists, cutting across lanes, driving in the fast lane and breaking the speed limit, LeicestershireLive reports

His bosses at Graphic Packaging International in Bardon, Leicestershire,  viewed footage from his cab and called in  the police . Leicester Crown Court was shown 20 of 38 footage clips showing him on his mobile phone, tailgating and flashing his headlights at drivers and undertaking a line of traffic by driving down a slip road then across the chevrons and hard shoulder and back into lane one.

Video shows trucker spent 38 minutes on mobile phone while driving 44-tonne truck on motorwayThe HGV driver tailgated other motorists and broke the speed limit

The majority of the footage, which were from a camera in the cab and cameras on other parts of his 44-tonne truck, showed Jakimcovas, an agency driver, travelling along the busy M1 on October 24, 2017. Prosecutor Priya Bakshi told the court how the 30-year-old Lithuanian was reported by other people in vehicles on the M1.

She said: “Worried people on the motorway reported him to his employers because of the manner of his driving. “He was using the third lane unlawfully on a number of occasions. “At one point the extensive footage showed him on his mobile phone for 38 minutes without a break.

It was on a highly-congested road just after 2pm.

He is also seen rooting about in his cab for a cable while he is on the phone while he is driving.”

Jakimcovas, of Stretton Road, Leicester, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving but was convicted at  Leicester Magistrates’ Court  in June 17.

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