Morning after didn't work out for truckie

A TRUCK driver has had his licence suspended after he allegedly drove his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Police say about 6.45am on Friday July 31 Motorcycle Response Team  police were patrolling inner Sydney when they came across a truck stopped on the side of the road.

They spoke to the driver who informed them that during his travels his trailer, which contained a bobcat, had become detached from the vehicle on the corner of Collins St and Botany Rd, Beaconsfield.

Police conducted a breath test on the 47-year-old driver, which allegedly returned a positive reading.

The man was arrested and taken to Redfern Police Station, where he was subjected to a breath analysis returning an alleged reading of 0.087.

He was subsequently charged with an alleged mid-range offence and had his licence suspended.

Now he is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday August, 24.

"This is a prime example of what can happen the morning after," said Assistant Commissioner John Hartley of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

"This is about greater responsibility from road users. If you have been drinking the night before, chances are you won't be right to drive the next morning.

"In the last financial year, police have conducted 5,836,300 random breath tests and charged 19,112 drivers with drink driving offences, a ratio of 1 in 305.

"Given how many breath tests we conduct, chances are those who drink drive will be prosecuted," he said.

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