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Off duty detective helps make arrest on way home from holiday

August 1, 2020
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An off duty detective on his way home from holiday detained a man following a collision.

It comes after a Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck collided with a traffic light and a central reservation after coming off the M1 at junction 26 and entering the A610 Nuthall Interchange at around 12.30am today (Saturday 1 August).

Detective Constable Chris Bostock had been travelling back from a two-week holiday in Tenerife with his family when he witnessed the collision.

He instinctively went to check whether the driver was hurt, and after realising he was uninjured his focus quickly switched to ensuring the vehicle was not driven away.

DC Bostock took the car keys and detained a man as he waited for officers to arrive.

However, he injured his leg, suffering bruising, in a subsequent struggle. Officers arrived a short time later and arrested a man. 

Sandro Batke, 44, of Ferndale Road, Clapham, London, was questioned by officers and today charged with drink-driving and assaulting a police officer. He is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 13 November.

DC Bostock, who has been a police officer for 21 years, said he was duty-bound to intervene and did what any police officer would.

"I can't think of anyone I've ever worked with who wouldn't have stopped and done the same," he said.

"As a police officer you are never off duty.

"It's the last thing in the world you would want. We had a long flight back from a fortnight in Tenerife and I was at work at 8am but you can't switch off. You have still got to do your duty. It is an obligation. It is what you sign up for."

DC Bostock, who is now working from home under self-isolation due to quarantine restrictions, said he suffered bruising and grazing to his shin in the incident, which was sore but not too serious.

PC Rebekah Jackson, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a great example of an officer going above and beyond to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe. Even though he was off duty, DC Bostock instinctively acted to check on the driver's wellbeing after witnessing a collision. He then detained a suspect and was injured in the process.

"Assaults on police officers are completely unacceptable and simply should not happen to people who are employed to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe."

Enquiries are continuing and anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any dash-cam footage, is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 36 of 1 August 2020.

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