Drink-driving trucker tells King's Lynn court he can't explain actions
A lorry driver with 30 years’ experience has told magistrates that he can’t explain what led him to drink-drive a truck on the A47.
Police pulled over the Scania at Terrington St John after receiving tip-off calls.
Andrew Osborn, 51, fully complied with officers following the stop at 3.15pm on August 18, Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told yesterday.
He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. In custody he gave a reading of 46 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.
Osborn, of Smeeth Road, Marshland St James, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.
In mitigation, he told the court he suffered from anxiety and depression and had recently been divorced, adding: “I really can’t answer why I did it.
“I lost my job yesterday because obviously I knew I was going to lose my licence.
“The only thing I know is how to drive a lorry – I’ve been doing it for 30 years.”
Osborn was banned for 14 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.
He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £139 in costs and a victim surcharge.