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Man banned from roads after being caught on dashcam footage grabbing a beer from a stag do minibus

A 24-year-old man is banned from the roads after he was caught on dash cam grabbing a can of beer from a stag do minibus while traveling at 70mph on the M6

  • Paul Holmes, 24, was caught having a beer in a stag do minibus
  • Dashcam footage also showed the engineer driving dangerously along the M6
  • His dangerous driving, which he confessed, could have ‘cost lives’
  • Holmes’ lawyer said it was a ‘momentary blunder’ after a ‘very exciting day’

A driver has lost his license after he was filmed grabbing a can of beer from a stag do minibus as it traveled 70mph on the motorway.

Paul Holmes, 24, reached out the window to grab the can after he started chatting with the group when he pulled up next to their party minibus between junctions 16 and 17 of the M6.

Dashcam footage from another vehicle caught Holmes leaning over to take a drink from one of the bus passengers, but he insisted he pass it to someone else in his car.

Footage of the February 4 incident also shows him driving down the highway in a way that could have “cost lives”.

Holmes, a 24-year-old civil engineer, was banned from driving for 15 months after admitting dangerous driving – and will have to pass an extended test to be cleared to drive again.

His decision to “have a little laugh with them” resulted in him losing his license and being handed a 12-month community order with 140 hours of unpaid work.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he started driving very closely behind another vehicle on a busy motorway and the stunt could have had ‘catastrophic’ consequences.

Bench chairman Mark Olszewski told Holmes: “What we saw in the footage has us very concerned.” The potential result of this behavior could have been catastrophic. It could have cost lives.

Civil engineer Paul Holmes, 24, lost his license after he was filmed grabbing a can of beer from a stag do minibus while traveling at 70mph on the M6

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court (pictured) heard Holmes, 24, drove on the motorway in a way that could have ‘cost lives’

But Debbie Leadbetter, the engineer’s lawyer, protested that Holmes got caught up in a “very exciting day”.

“He had gone to see his children in Birmingham. He took a friend and they were going out in the evening,” she said.

“They were walking past this group of people who started gesticulating and waving at them.

“There were jokes with them, they were in good spirits. Momentarily, he got caught up in the frenzy of the bachelor party and, oddly enough, he agreed to take this box and give it to his friend.

Ms Leadbetter added that Holmes ‘had full control of the vehicle and did not take her eyes off the road’. “He just reached out. It was momentary stupidity,” she said.

The lawyer said Holmes – who was found by police after the incident – was concerned about the effect his driving ban would have on his job.

He was also ordered to pay £280 in court costs and charges.

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