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A Sheffield lorry driver has lost his license for three years after pleading guilty to drink driving in Bury St Edmunds while three times the legal limit.

Police received reports of a suspected drink driver in Capel St Mary. Following up on the lead, officers tracked down and followed the vehicle before finally pulling him over.

According to the statement from the attending officer, he could immediately smell alcohol on approaching the driver, who then failed a roadside breath test.

Following his arrest, the defendant was found to have 109mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Chief Inspector David Giles – the officer who arrested the motorist – said: “I have dealt with many drink drivers in my career, but stopping someone more than three times the limit who was in charge of a vehicle of that size, is among the most alarming.

“I am simply shocked and astounded that a professional driver would take such a risk and show complete disregard for the safety of other road users – and himself – by getting behind the wheel in that condition.

“As a result he will now face a long spell off the road and this will no doubt have serious implications for his current employment.”

The man pleaded guilty to drink driving and Ipswich Magistrates banned him from driving for 28 months. Additionally, he was fined £170 and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work under a one-year community order.