A trucker who crashed a lorry and blocked a junction on a major road near Darlington was four times over the drink-drive limit.
Durham Constabulary said junction 59 of the A1 was blocked for hours early on Saturday.
The force tweeted a photo of the crashed HGV.
The post said: "This driver of this HGV was four times over the drink-drive limit when officers from @DurhamRPU stopped him in the early hours of Saturday morning.
"The driver also blocked junction 59 for several hours while we awaited recovery of the vehicle - let this be a lesson."
The Roads Policing Unit added: "Don't drink and drive. This could have so easily ended in a fatality."