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Driver of overturned lorry on A1(M) tests positive for drugs

The overturned lorry on the A1(M) yesterday.

The driver of a lorry that overturned on the A1(M) yesterday (Wednesday) tested positive for drugs, police have revealed.

The damage-only collision occurred on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner, on the north-bound carriageway near junction 53.

It happened at around 6:15am yesterday morning.

Firefighters and paramedics attended to help free the driver from the cab of the lorry, and he escaped without injury.

However the man, a 42-year-old from the Wirral, failed a road-side drugs test for cannabis.

He was arrested and later charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. 

He was also found in possession of cannabis and was given a cannabis warning.

He has been bailed to appear at York Magistrates’ Court on 13th June.

A police spokesperson said:

“The lorry’s trailer contained cardboard packaging, but fuel from the vehicle spilt onto the carriageway.

“Diversions were in place until around 1.45pm while the vehicle was safely recovered, and the spillage cleared by highways officers.”

Witnesses or motorists with dash-cam footage of the collision are asked to make a report by emailing peter.keenen@northyorkshire.police.uk.

Or call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Peter Keenen.

Please quote reference number 12240085003 when providing details.

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