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47 year-old Lee James Ebbutt of Eastwood Road, Boston in Lincolnshire was yesterday (6 January 2022) given a three year driving ban at York Magistrates Court after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Friday 10 December, North Yorkshire Police received a number of calls from concerned members of the public that a white van on the A64 was being driven extremely dangerously. The van was swerving across the road and at one point made contact with the central reservation.

Quick thinking members of the public following the van, put their hazard lights on to warn other motorists and remained behind it to help keep others safe.

When the van left the A64 and waited at a set of traffic lights, officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group were able to bring it to a stop.

The driver appeared intoxicated as he had difficulty getting out of the van and walking so he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. Officers also spotted a part full bottle of whisky on the passenger seat beside him.

Ebbutt was taken into police custody where he provided two evidential samples of breath at a reading of 169mg per 100ml, nearly five times over the legal limit. He was charged with drink driving.

North Yorkshire Police Sergeant, Andy Morton said:

“Those who get behind the wheel after drinking not only pose a severe risk to themselves, but endanger the lives of many other road users too.

“We would like to thank the fast acting members of the public who spotted Ebbutt, called the police and effectively set up a rolling roadblock to protect other drivers.

“If you see a vehicle you think could be being driven by someone under the influence of alcohol, or see someone about to drive after drinking, please call us on 999.”