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Moment bystander stopped allegedly drunk truck driver

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Truck driver Barry Poirrier outside Liverpool Local Court. Picture: Toby Zerna
Truck driver Barry Poirrier outside Liverpool Local Court. Picture: Toby Zerna

SHOCKING footage has emerged of a heroic bystander grappling with a truck driver allegedly 14 times over the legal blood alcohol limit after his B Double heavy vehicle was seen attempting to ­reverse on to one of Sydney's busiest motorways.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Gold Coast truck driver Barry Kenneth Poirrier, 49, was allegedly 14 times over the legal alcohol limit to drive a heavy vehicle when he was spotted by motorists swerving across lanes on the M5 and M7 on Easter Sunday.

It was only when he allegedly attempted to reverse back on to the M7 and then jackknifed his truck at a petrol station that members of the public caught up with him and conducted a citizen's arrest.

Video footage shows a man who has climbed up the side of the cabin open the driver's side door before the driver slams it shut.

Poirrier of Clear Island Waters appeared at Liverpool Local Court yesterday, where he did not enter a plea to high-range drink-driving at Prestons in Western Sydney on Sunday.

Poirrier's case was adjourned to next month when he will be expected to enter a plea to the charges.

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