Manchester drunk driver sentenced

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A Manchester bus driver who was almost three-times over the drink drive limit when he crashed his Plaxton President-bodied Volvo B7TL into a Manchester shop has been banned from driving.

Paul Mullen had two passengers on board when he lost control of his route 118 bus in Crumpsall, hitting two vehicles before ploughing into a delicatessen and injuring a shop worker – as reported in CBW993.

Mullen, 58, walked free from court after telling magistrates he will never drive again. Mullen, who has has since been dismissed from his job with Middleton-based JPT, admitted driving a bus after consuming excess alcohol. He had 98 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Magistrates disqualified Mullen from driving for two years and gave him a 12-month community order. He will undergo a drinking impaired drivers’ programme and will have to complete 220 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £60 in costs.