Drunk lorry driver jailed

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A drunk lorry driver has been jailed after being spotted driving erratically along the A14.

Kestutis Ruplaukis, 53, was almost three times the legal limit when he was pulled over by police on Sunday (September 1).

PC John Mayor had been called to the stretch of the road between Northamptonshire and Huntingdon shortly before midnight.

Footage from the onboard camera in the police car showed the 44-tonne heavy goods vehicle swerving across both lanes of the carriageway.

He requested back up and prevented other motorists trying to overtake the lorry and risk a collision.

Ruplaukis was eventually stopped at Brampton Hut, but initially tried to resist arrest, kicking out at an officer.

He was found to have 97 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He admitted driving an HGV with excess alcohol and obstructing a police officer at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday (September 2).

He was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from driving for 36 months.

PC Mayor said: “The footage shows just how bad Ruplaukis’s driving was and is a reminder of how dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol is.

“Being so out of control, especially in such a large vehicle, put other road users at serious risk of harm.

“Thankfully we were able to stop him before he was involved in a serious collision.”