Police arrest drink driver in Harrogate who was found three times over the legal limit

A 60-year-old drink driver who blew over three times the drink drive limit was arrested shortly after leaving work in Harrogate yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 4:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 4:14 pm
The 60-year-old has been charged with drink driving following a breathe test that came back three times over the legal limit

North Yorkshire Police were called with a tip off just after 1.30pm yesterday (October 9).

The caller stated that there was a man driving a logoed works van who was potentially under the influence of alcohol.

Officers from the Roads Policing Group acted swiftly and caught up with the suspect on Skipton road in Harrogate a short time later.

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The 60-year-old driver of the van was asked to provide a roadside breath test and initially refused, so was arrested on suspicion of failing to provide.

On returning to the station, the man blew 135 - the legal limit is 35 and he was charged with drink driving.

Sargent Paul Cording from the North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group said: “The fact that this man had been driving as part of his job yesterday and provided such a high reading is astonishing.

"The actions from the member of the public who called us with this information yesterday has probably saved a life.

“I would encourage anyone who suspects a person to have drink or drugs in their system and is driving or about to drive to call us immediately on 999.”