Cumbria council driver crashed van after drinking
Last updated at 16:53, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
A COUNCIL driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for two years after crashing his work van.
Ronald Francis Troughton, 58, was in his Cumbria County Council van when he bumped into another vehicle while driving in Ulverston at 8.35am on September 16.
Troughton, who works as a driver in the council’s adult social care team, had drank heavily the previous night to help him sleep and was unable to provide a breath sample to police following the crash.
Troughton admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared before Furness Magistrates’ Court.
A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “Mr Troughton has been on non-driving duties since his arrest. Following his conviction he will now be subject to the council’s internal disciplinary procedures.”
Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting yesterday, told the court a family was driving behind Troughton’s van and thought something was wrong when it rolled backwards towards them at a junction.
On the third occasion it happened, the van hit their vehicle and caused damage to the bumper. He told the family he could not get the van in gear, but they thought he seemed drunk and the police were called. Officers tried to take a breath sample, but on each of the five attempts he failed due to insufficient breath.
Mr Mike Graham, defending, said Troughton was running late for work and did not think of the consequences of driving. He said Troughton, of Waver Court, Rampside, Barrow, was “significantly impaired physically” due to hip and knee replacements and suffered a lot of pain due to arthritis – and drank heavily the previous night to help him sleep.
District judge Gerald Chalk said: “This is a very serious incident because you are a professional driver and clearly you were not fit to be driving.”
First published at 16:21, Wednesday, 02 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Police investigating collision at Barrow taxi firm
- Pupils hit a high note at South Cumbria Musical Festival
- Concerns over increase in violence at Cumbria prison
- Electric barriers result in outrage among Haverigg residents
- Otter found in South Cumbria puddle is now doing swimmingly
- Barrow sports club’s future secured by a new long-term lease
- Askam dad killed by mix of drugs and alcohol
- Record day for young musicians at Ulverston contest
- Race against time to Cumbria and Lancashire save maternity units
- Staff moved to tears by damning report into Barrow maternity failures
- Casson confident over Barrow AFC title bid
- Wilson hails Barrow AFC squad strength
- Barrow AFC boss facing selection headaches
- The Weekly Meeks: Bradford clash will be no walk in the Park
- Walney Cents' Finch back for top-of-the-table clash
- Hawcoat Park aim to produce another big home display
- Kirkby look to steer cup treble chasers off course
- Barrow AFC keeper seeks new contract
- Fylde striker and ex-Barrow AFC player warns - title race not over yet
- Aussie ace out to impress for Barrow Raiders
Visit our websites for...
Great Daffodil appeal 2015
Homes and gardens 21
Power to switch
Walk to remember
Choosing a secondary school
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|