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SOS lorry driver was 'three times over the limit', police say

Junction 7 M6 Image copyright Google
Image caption The man pulled over near junction 7 of the M6, police said.

A lorry driver who used a roadside SOS telephone to complain he felt unwell registered as three times over the drink-drive limit, police have said.

The 55-year-old from Belgium pulled over on the M6 at junction 7, Perry Barr, and called for help at 10:20 BST.

When officers arrived they breathalysed him and found his level of alcohol was 116 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, police said.

The Central Motorway Policing Group said the man was taken to hospital.

In a tweet they said: "Foreign artic [sic] driver pulls up on the M6 near Perry Barr feeling unwell.

"Blows 116mg at the roadside, which might be a contributory factor.

"Despite being over three times the drink drive limit our main priority has to be his well-being so he will go to hospital for a thorough check."

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

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