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TRAIN DRIVER FOUND DRUNK IN A GARDEN ON HIS SHIFT; Exclusive 'One pint led to another' in pub.

Byline: By Karen Bale

A TRAIN driver has been suspended after being found drunk during his shift.

He disappeared to the pub for a boozy evening when he should have been on his 20-minute break. The AWOL driver was found hours later lying in a garden close to the Dalmuir depot in Glasgow.

Colleagues called police as they feared Wright wanted to drive his First ScotRail train back to Larkhall, Lanarkshire.

The unnamed driver, from Yoker, Glasgow, was arrested on the spot and has been suspended pending an investigation.

A source said last night: "It was the Fr iday before Christmas. He'd driven his train into the sidings.

"He's meant to walk up and down the train to check it and have a 20-minute break before setting off again.

"But he decided to go for a pint. One led to another and he lost track of time."

When the signal centre called the train and there was no answer, they sent a duty supervisor to check it out then a search was launched for the driver.

The source added: "He was found lying drunk in a garden.

"He had to be brought back to the depot, where he wanted to get on his train.

"The depot called HQ and they called the police.

"He was breathalysed and found to be over the limit.

"The railways have a zero-tolerance of alcohol and drinking on the job is a sackable offence."

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "An incident took place and is still being investigated."

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