Lorry driver jailed after failing roadside breath test at Newhaven Ferry Port

A lorry driver has been jailed after being found almost three times the drink-drive limit at Newhaven Ferry Port.

Ion Cladoveanu was committed to prison for 12 weeks and disqualified from driving for three years due to the seriousness of the offence.

Around 8.45am on Saturday 23 November, he drove a 44-tonne lorry to the port’s freight control point, where he engaged with a Border Force official who suspected he may be under the influence of alcohol as he smelt of alcohol, and had slurred speech and glazed eyes.

Police were alerted and Cladoveanu was requested to provide a roadside breath test, which revealed he had 96mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

The 50-year-old HGV driver, of no fixed address, was arrested and taken into custody, where he was required to provide an evidential sample of breath, which he refused.

He was subsequently charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis and was remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25 November.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 36 months.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.