Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Drink-drive arrest after coach crash at Southampton school

The gates after the crash at Upper Shirley High School
Image caption The careers coach, on hire to Solent University, damaged security gates at Upper Shirley High School

A coach driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after his vehicle crashed into the gates of a school in Southampton.

The Solent University careers coach hit security gates at Upper Shirley High School, Bellmoor Road, at 07:00 GMT.

Police said staff called an ambulance when the driver appeared to be unwell. Paramedics called police at 09:20.

Officers said the 53-year-old was the only person on the coach, which was being delivered for a careers day.

A Solent University spokesperson said the coach was hired from a company which also provided the driver.

'Safety priority'

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said officers breath-tested the driver who blew 112 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

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

The man was taken to hospital but had not suffered any injuries as a result of the collision.

No one else was injured in the incident.

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