A coach driver carrying 34 passengers has been jailed for nine months after passengers experienced a terrifying ordeal and it came to light he was over the drink drive limit.
Passengers described how the coach which was travelling on a return journey from Liverpool to Penley, near Wrexham was swaying on the M56 motorway, the driver was veering across carriageways and he even went the wrong way around a roundabout.
The coach who had been booked by a parent teacher group said they became increasingly worried throughout the journey and other cars have to take evasive action to avoid the coach hitting them and kept beeping their horns.
Eventually one motorist who had followed the coach for a period and who had contacted the police, jumped out of their vehicle, boarded the coach and seized the ignition keys from the driver.
When police arrested Mr McDonald, the coach driver, he said: “That’s me finished”. He told police he hadn’t drunk for weeks but had succumbed to alcohol and had a few whisky and cokes before picking up the passengers.
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