Lorry driver banned after blood alcohol found to be three times the limit

A trucker was disqualified from driving for three years after he was caught behind the wheel of an HGV on a city region road at three times the drink-drive limit. Neil Myles Hinshelwood, 41, of Onslow Road, Sheffield, was arrested on the A56 Chester Road in Runcorn on October 25, and the resulting blood test revealed a blood alcohol level of 314 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres (mg/dl) – way above England’s 100 mg/dl limit. Hinshelwood pleaded guilty to drink driving on December 3.

Sign up for an ECHO newsletter At North Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Warrington on Thursday, January 28, he was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and up to 10 days on a rehabilitation activity requirement.

Court papers described the alcohol level as “a very high reading in a [sic] HGV on a long journey with return”. Read all the latest news from Liverpool Crown Court The sentence was suspended due to a lack of previous convictions and the defendant’s “perceived ability” to be rehabilitated.

His driving ban can be reduced by 36 weeks upon completing an accredited course.

Hinshelwood was ordered to pay a GBP128 victim surcharge and GBP85 in costs.

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