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The Guardia Civil said both vehicles were fully loaded with ceramic material from Villareal and if an accident had occurred ‘the consequences could have been fatal’

Police footage of one of the trucks being stopped

Two Irish truck drivers are each facing up to six months in prison after being caught driving two trucks while four times over the legal alcohol limit – on the same stretch of Spanish motorway heading towards France on the same night.

The Guardia Civil said both vehicles were fully loaded with ceramic material from Villareal so if an accident had occurred “the consequences could have been fatal”.

The Teruel Guardia Civil said they became aware of reports of erratic driving of two articulated vehicles registered in Ireland on the A-23 highway near the town of La Puebla de Valverde between Valencia and Zaragoza on April 27.

Patrol officers located the first truck on the highway while it was driving in an “irregular”, “erratic” manner and sometimes drifting into the left lane for no apparent reason.

The second truck was located around 50km north of the first truck near the municipality of Monreal del Campo

When they stopped the first vehicle the Irish driver had “obvious symptoms of driving under the influence of alcohol”, according to local media, and after he was tested came back at 0.69 and 0.58 milligrams per litre which is more than four times the limit.

The second driver was also four times the limit with readings of 0.66 and 0.60 milligrams per litre.

The two men were arrested for alleged crimes against road safety and brought to court.

Both drivers face potential prison sentences of up to six months, a fine or community service and deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles for a period exceeding one year and up to four years.

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