HGV driver's 39-year career in tatters after being caught drink-driving

An HGV driver’s 39-year career came to an abrupt end after he was caught drink-driving in Northumberland . Anthony Murray, who had no past convictions and a clean driving licence, was spotted sipping booze in his car by members of the public in Hexham town centre in October last year. His actions were reported to the police and officers saw the 60-year-old behind the wheel of his Seat Leon near his home address in nearby East Acres.

Murray, who had worked for nearly four decades as an HGV driver, failed a roadside breath test and was arrested, later giving a reading of 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit is 35.

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Now, as well as losing his job, the father-of-two has been banned from the roads for 15 months after he pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. James Long, prosecuting at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court , said the offence happened on October 24 last year. “Police received a report of a potential male drinking alcohol in a vehicle in Hexham town centre,” Mr Long said.

“Officers attended the area and can’t locate the car and go in the direction of the registered keeper’s address and they see the vehicle travelling in the opposite direction to them.” The court heard that the officers turned around and pulled Murray over. Stewart Hay, defending, said Murray had finished work and had two-and-a-half pints before deciding to drive home.

He continued: “For 39 years, he’s been an HGV driver and that comes to an end today. “It’s inevitable he would lose his job if he loses his licence.”

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As well as the driving ban, Murray was fined GBP125. Sentencing him, District Judge Bernard Begley said: “I appreciate the natural consequences of this conviction are that you lose your employment.

“Sadly, that often happens with this type of conviction.”

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