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Shameless van driver snapped guzzling bottle of Bollinger behind wheel

A truck driver was filmed drinking from a Bollinger champagne bottle while behind the wheel.

Mason James Cowgill, 27, was caught on tape taking both hands off the wheel to crack open the bottle and drinking from it, as he drove along the A65 in North Yorkshire.

He is also seen rolling up a cigarette and using his mobile phone to call his mates.

During both instances, he's distracted and takes his hands off the steering wheel.

The incident took place on June 7 last year, when he crashed into one car and nearly caused a second crash too.

The car was damaged in the collision but thankfully nobody was injured.

Cowgill, of Skipton, North Yorkshire, and the car driver exchanged details, but the 27-year-old left the scene before officers arrived.

North Yorkshire Police said he was "lucky he didn't kill anyone" as he continued his journey while making more phone calls to friends and almost causing another crash.

Cowgill reported the collision to his boss, who owned the van, and he reviewed the in-cab footage.

The boss proceeded to sack Cowgill and sent the footage to the police.

Cowgill pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in court, where he was disqualified for a period of 32 months including an extended retest.

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Speaking after his sentencing, PC Babs Parsons of North Yorkshire Police said: “Cowgill is lucky he did not kill or seriously injure someone that day.

“The manner in which he drove demonstrated a clear danger to other road users and I’m amazed he did not cause any more collisions.

“This was not a momentary lapse in concentration, this is a sustained period in which Cowgill paid very little or no attention at all to the road and was clearly not in control of the van he was driving.

“I thank the owner of the van for bringing this footage to our attention as it has enabled us to take a very dangerous driver off the road”.

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