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Fury as boozing busman is freed.

A drunken bus driver who drove 100 people around a seaside resort escaped jail yesterday, sparking fury from watchdogs.

Roger Card was three times over the limit after downinga bottle of vodka and half a bottle of whisky.

Card, 55, was shopped by one of his frightened passengers, magistrates in Exmouth, Devon heard.

And he had to be locked in a cell for 10 hours before he sobered up.

As he was let off with a five-year ban, 100 hours of community service and two years' probation, Derek Probart, chairman of the Campaign Against Drink Driving, branded the sentence "appalling".

He added: "The only gratifying thing is that he is off the road for five years and will never drive a bus again."

Stagecoach, which owns the bus, estimated that Card would have carried around 100 passengers during his shift.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 1996
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