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Too many pints (of milk)? Ban for drunken float driver

Last updated at 11:44 PM on 14th April 2010

Milkman Thomas McGreevy was almost four times over the legal alcohol limit (file picture)

Milkman Thomas McGreevy was almost four times over the limit (file picture)

When Thomas McGreevy's customers spotted him slumped on the pavement beside his milk float one morning, they feared he had been attacked.

But police called to the scene in Formby, Merseyside, soon discovered that he had fallen from the cab while drunk.

Officers breathalysed the 58-year-old and found he was almost four times the legal limit.

McGreevy, who has been a milkman for 30 years, was arrested for being drunk in charge of his float and charged.

Earlier this week he admitted drink-driving and was banned from the road for 30 months, ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in court costs.

He told magistrates he had been drinking whisky the night before and early that morning, February 20, in a bid to alleviate severe back pain.

North Sefton Magistrates' Court, Bootle, Merseyside, was told that the incident happened at around 7am on Saturday February 20 this year.

Police were called after residents on Wrigley's Lane, Formby, spotted McGreevy driving his milk float erratically and staggering around as he made his deliveries.

A police source said: 'When we arrived he had fallen out of his cab and had sustained an injury because he had banged his head.

'We were alerted because it was feared he had been assaulted, but it was obvious he was drunk.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1265993/Too-pints-milk--Ban-drunken-float-driver.html#ixzz0oNFVQaax

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