M11 lorry driver found slumped over the wheel and four times over the limit

Crime / Fri 22nd Mar 2024 at 11:11am

GHEORGHE-daniel Cristea of High Street, Swanscombe, Kent, was sentenced for drink driving and dangerous driving when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 18 March. 

In total, the 34-year-old was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, disqualified from holding a licence for three years and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

On 14 November 2023, Gheorghe-daniel Cristea was driving a 44 ton articulated lorry on M25, between junctions 28 and 27, the manner of which was dangerous.

The vehicle was witnesses braking hard at the exit for the M11 junction, almost colliding with the central reservation before taking the exit for the M11 Northbound.

Officers tried to stop the driver on the M11 by initiating blue lights and a matrix board in the rear of the police car reading “Follow me” but the driver failed to take any notice of the officers for half a mile, before coming to a stop on the hard shoulder.

Sergeant David Martin, Roads Policing Unit, said: “Cristea’s actions were dangerous and part of a very bad decision that risked his and other road users’ safety.

“It was dangerous and fell far below the actions of a careful and competent driver.

“Anyone with four times the drink drive limit is a danger on the road, no matter how safe they think they are.

“As a priority for the Roads Policing Unit, we will continue to patrol our county’s roads, ensuring enforcement action is taken against anyone who flouts the law.”

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8 Comments for M11 lorry driver found slumped over the wheel and four times over the limit:

Gary g
2024-03-22 11:19:42

Romanian lorry driver Drink driver!! Shock

2024-03-22 11:28:12

A follow me sign lit up in the back of the police car. Lol,i doubt he could even read that because 1 he is prob not English and 2 he was blind drunk.This country has become a joke and a free for all. I cant wait for the do gooder comments.lol.

2024-03-22 11:33:46

4 times over the limit and supposedly responsible for a 44 ton vehicle, surely he should be banned from driving in the UK for life

2024-03-22 11:53:33

Should be imprisoned but that would be racist!!!

2024-03-22 13:00:24

Should have deported him.

2024-03-22 23:47:36

I believe Magistrates are limited in the sentences they can give. It seems unduly lenient given the potential for carnage, could he not have been referred to a higher court?

Gary Scott
2024-03-25 10:38:53

If that had been a native worker they would be inside now but again 2 tier criminal justice system, it should be minimum of 10 years for drinking and driving, weak laws for visitors is the norm

2024-04-05 22:53:29

Our justice system needs a complete overhaul . It's out of date. Punishment needs to fit the crime. Unfortunately it doesn't anymore. If someone is sentenced to 5 years they should do those 5 years. A sentence of life should mean life not get out in 10 years on good behaviour. You do the crime, you do the time !!

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