This driver was so drunk, he didn't even know what route he was on. He abandoned the bus in the middle of the road after taking the wrong routes. The bus was still moving when he abandoned it so one of the passengers had to pull on the hand brake to avoid any accident.
A drunk bus driver was driving so recklessly, he didn't even know what route he was on. After taking a series of wrong turns, he left the bus in the middle of Argyle Street. The bus was still moving when he abandoned it and all the passengers were shaken up, one even had to pull on the hand brake to stop the bus from hitting on another car. The driver admitted at the court this week that he was driving the bus with 77mg of alcohol in his breath when the limit is 22mg on October 26. Scotland police arrested him on the very same day of the incident and banned him for 18-months.
The 41-year-old was driving so recklessly, it scared the passengers for their lives. He had drunk more than three times the legal limit that horrible day in October last year.
This week, he appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court where he admitted driving the bus with 77mg of alcohol in his breath when the limit is 22mg on October 26. He was banned from driving for 18-months and was ordered to carry 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also charged with a £200 fine.
One of the passengers had been forced to pull on the hand brake when the bus was abandoned by the careless driver.
Some of the witnesses told that the driver appeared confused and unsteady on his feet and was arguing with passengers while taking wrong turns.
One witness said Wotherspoon boarded the 60A on Duke Street to swap with another driver at around 1.50pm but was adamant he was driving a number 2 bus.
She said: “It wasn’t until he got off and looked at the front of the bus that he believed it was a 60A.
“At this point I turned around and said to one of the passengers ‘I think he’s under the influence’.”
“He was challenged that he was not fit to drive.”
The passenger said: “He got out of the cab and exited the bus but it was still moving because he hadn’t engaged the hand brake.
“One of the passengers had to stop the bus from rolling forward into the cars.
“The driver then jumped back on, grabbed a bottle of water from his bag and ran off again.
“We were lucky we didn’t hit anything or anyone.
“There were lots of older people on that bus who were very shaken up. He put people in danger.
“One of the passengers got off and ran over to police. We couldn’t believe it.”
A man named Tim Bill was passing by that street when he came across the scene. He said there were about “three or four police cars and 10 officers” at the scene when he arrived. The driver was arrested by Scotland Police and First Bus released a statement saying an investigation had been launched, stressing that safety is the firm’s “number one priority”.
A company spokesman said: “I can confirm that Mr Lewis Wotherspoon was immediately suspended following this incident pending formal disciplinary procedures, but he resigned before the outcome of this process and no longer works for First Glasgow.”