Truck driver investigated for seven times the legal alcohol limit

He was disoriented and zigzagging along the A-7.

Civil Guards from the Vera Traffic Detachment intercepted the driver of an articulated lorry on the night of 9 May, on the A-7 at Huércal Overa, who was seven times over the maximum permitted blood alcohol level for this type of vehicle, with a test of 1.03 milligrams of alcohol per litre of air breathed.

The officers were warned by 112 that a lorry was driving erratically on the A-7 motorway towards Murcia, zigzagging and changing lanes abruptly, creating a serious risk to the safety of road users, as well as to themselves.

They immediately went to the indicated place, located the lorry and managed to bring it to a safe place, off the motorway. When they identified the driver, they detected that he was clearly intoxicated, so they carried out the mandatory breathalyser tests, in which he gave a positive result of 1.09 and 1.03 milligrams of alcohol per litre of exhaled air, exceeding the maximum permitted rate by more than seven times, which in the case of professional drivers is 0.15 milligrams per litre.

In these circumstances, the driver was investigated as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against road safety, and the vehicle was immobilised and the proceedings were handed over to the corresponding courts in the judicial district of Huércal-Overa.

The driver could face a prison sentence of 3 to 6 months or a fine of six to twelve months or community service of thirty-one to ninety days, and, in any case, deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles for a period of 1 to 4 years.

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