A DRINK driver who crashed into a construction vehicle on a cordoned off stretch of the A64 has been jailed.

Warren Richard Lill, 42, was three times the drink drive limit and drove off in his Peugeot 307 from the collision near Malton on December 10. Police pursued and caught him.

Lill, of Vivis Lane, Pickering, was jailed for eight months at York Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving, drink driving and failure to stop after a collision. He was also banned from driving for three years and 10 months.

Speaking after the case, Traffic Constable Mark Patterson said: “Lill’s reckless and selfish behaviour shows exactly why we target drink drivers, especially around Christmas when we see a rise in offending.

“Lill put the lives of innocent people at risk, just so he could have a few drinks.

“As a traffic officer, it’s always a relief to get people like him off the road and the court in this case has sent a clear message to anyone else who considers drink driving.”

Defence solicitor Steve Munro told York magistrates last month Lill hadn’t seen the roadworks because he had been crying and was suicidal.