Swanscombe Truck Driver Receives Suspended Sentence for Driving Four Times Over Legal Limit on M25

Swanscombe Truck Driver Receives Suspended Sentence for Driving Four Times Over Legal Limit on M25

Swanscombe truck driver avoids jail after being caught four times over the legal drink drive limit on the M25.

Gheorghe-daniel Cristea, a 34-year-old from High Street in Swanscombe, was given a suspended 24-week prison sentence and a three-year driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving and dangerous driving at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The incident occurred on November 14 when witnesses saw Cristea driving dangerously on the M25 between Junction 27 and 28, almost colliding with the central reservation. Police tried to stop him with blue lights and a “follow me” matrix board, but he didn’t stop until half a mile later on the hard shoulder.

When officers approached the cab, they found Cristea slumped over the wheel and an almost empty bottle of whiskey in the rear. A roadside test revealed he was four times over the legal limit.

Sergeant David Martin of Essex Police said, “Cristea’s reckless actions endangered not only his own life but also the lives of other road users. It is unacceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol and we will continue to take enforcement action against those who break the law.”

Cristea was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service as part of his sentence. Police urge all drivers to make responsible decisions and never get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

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