Lorry driver disqualified from driving following collision
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A lorry driver has been disqualified from driving for more than two years following a collision in East Staffordshire.
Keith Talbot, 62, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, was given a 28-month disqualification from driving at Cannock Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (5 October) after pleading guilty to drink driving.
The court heard how Talbot was driving a lorry on the A38 heading towards Branston in February this year. He collided with a stationary lorry parked in a layby, causing large amounts of goods to be spilled over both carriages and a large clean-up operation to get the roads cleared.
Talbot provided a positive roadside breath test of 158 and was arrested at the scene.
As part of his sentencing, he was also ordered to pay court costs of £135, a surcharge of £114, attend 20 days of rehabilitation and carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.
PC Martin Randle, who dealt with the case, said: “Talbot put other road user’s lives at risk while driving under the influence of alcohol.
“We welcome the court’s decision to ban him from driving. Our roads have no place for such dangerous and reckless behaviour which could’ve easily resulted in serious or fatal injury.
“We are pleased Talbot will not be able to be behind the wheel of a vehicle again for a significant amount of time.”