Truckie Detained By Members Of The Public After Jack-Knifing On U-Turn
A truck driver, 49, was detained by members of the public after jack-knifing his truck, before giving an alleged alcohol reading nearly six times the legal limit.
The Queensland man was driving north in a Kenworth B Double on the M5 and M7 in NSW at about 12.20pm on Sunday.
Witnesses said they saw the truck swerve across lanes of traffic before exiting the motorway at the Bernera Road exit.
However, it is alleged he stopped on the exit and attempted to reverse back on to the motorway.
Unable able to do so because of traffic queued up behind him, he continued on to a service station to make a U-turn -- which is when he jack-knifed.
"The driver attempted to keep driving and was detained by members of the public before police arrived," police said.
When police arrested the driver, he allegedly returned an alcohol reading of 0.282.
The driver was charged with high range drink driving, solo driver working more than standard maximum time, and driver not giving information to record keeper as prescribed.
His licence was suspended and he is due to front Liverpool Local Court on April 24.
The driver is one of 228 people charged with drink driving offences over the Easter period, with Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy saying police were "past the point of being disappointed".
"We are now angry that drivers are not listening to our warnings," Corboy said.
"Too many people are risking their own and other people's lives with their reckless and stupid decisions."
More than 250,000 breath tests have been conducted over the period.