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28 May 2014, 14:05
Police caught a foreign lorry driver three times over the drink drive limit after he pulled over on the motorway, near Birmingham, complaining of feeling sick.
The man, from Belgium, dialled for help from an SOS telephone on the M6 at Junction 7 by Perry Barr on Wednesday, and officers arrived to assist him.
He was taken to hospital to have a blood test but he is not reported to have been arrested.
A spokesman for the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) posted the incident on the CMPG Twitter account.
He wrote: "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 CMPG said: "When a drink driver goes to hospital we gather our evidence by means of a blood sample taken by a doctor.''
Police have been running a driver awareness campaign focusing on the key causes of traffic accidents: speeding, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue, and distraction and inattention, branding them the fatal five.