An HGV driver drunk at the wheel has been jailed for 12 weeks after the police received reports from motorists about his erratic driving

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Jack Marlow pleaded guilty to the offence after appearing at Warrington Magistrates’ Court last month. The 26-year-old initially refused to stop for officers, called to the M62 on 7 July after members of the public raised concerns about the manner of his driving. Eventually, he pulled over near to junction 6, Tarbuck Island, where the police found a number of cans of alcohol in his cab.

Cheshire Police said that following his arrest Marlow provided a reading of 113 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than three times the legal limit of 35 micrograms. As well as being jailed, he was also banned from driving for 118 weeks and ordered to pay £128 costs.

Inspector Anton Sullivan, of the roads and crime unit, said: “Marlow was more than three times over the limit and was in no fit state to be behind the wheel of a HGV which can be deadly in the wrong hands. Thankfully, as a result of the quick-thinking motorists who reported his driving, we were able to arrest him and quickly bring him to justice – thanks to them it is highly possible that a serious collision was avoided.”