Police intercept lorry being driven erratically on A64 as driver is found with cannabis, knife and baton, in wagon

Police intercepted a lorry being driven erratically on the A64 near Askham Bryan, York on Thursday morning, with cannabis, a knife and a baton recovered from the cab of the vehicle.

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The driver of the lorry, a 54-year-old man from Shropshire, failed a drink drive breath test at the side of the road.

After searching the cab of the lorry, officers also discovered cannabis, a baton and a knife.

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The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, possessing cannabis, possessing a bladed weapon, possessing an offensive weapon in public, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

He remains in police custody.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "It goes without saying how dangerous this is and the potential consequences of driving any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, let alone a large truck capable of causing severe damage or worse."