A66 motorist charged with drink driving

A man  is due in court for drink driving after blowing nearly four times the legal limit during a roadside breath test.

North Yorkshire Police have praised the actions of a member of the public for their vigilance that led to the arrest and charge of the driver.

On Sunday at about 5.40pm, a member of the public rang the police saying they were concerned for road users’ safety after witnessing the way a vehicle was driving along the A66 from the direction of Bowes Castle towards Scotch Corner.

The incident was transferred from Durham Police to North Yorkshire Police as the vehicle crossed the county border.

The vehicle was then intercepted by North Yorkshire Police at Scotch Corner services where the driver, a 44-year-old man from Dumbarton near Glasgow, took a roadside breath test and was arrested after blowing 138 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

A second test taken at a police station, revealed a higher reading of 147 micrograms.

The man was subsequently charged with drink driving and is due to appear at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on 17 April 2018.

He was given bail conditions stipulating that he must not drive a motor vehicle on a public road.