Police stop car after multiple crashes and find empty cider cans in driver's footwell
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A dangerously-driven car that was involved in multiple collisions was brought to a halt by police, with empty cider cans then found in the driver’s footwell.
Officers went looking for the black Audi A5 after it reportedly left the scene of a crash on Bardills Roundabout, near Toton, shortly before 7pm on Wednesday (6 December).
Roads policing officers located it within minutes in Stapleford Road, Trowell, after it had collided with a central island.
An officer approached the car, but the driver refused to turn the engine off, instead driving off and nearly dragging the officer down the road.
The driver then failed to stop, and an authorised pursuit commenced. The vehicle was stung but it continued.
During the pursuit, the driver crashed into various cars and rammed into police vehicles.
The driving was deemed so dangerous that tactical contact was authorised to bring the car to a stop.
The pursuit was brought to an end after roads policing officers struck and disabled the vehicle in Morrisons car park in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.
Eight cans of cider – two of them empty – were found inside the car and so officers asked the driver to take a breathalyser test, which he refused.
The 47-year-old man, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was subsequently arrested and interviewed on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, and failing to cooperate with a preliminary test. He has since been released on conditional bail while police continue with their inquiries.
Sergeant Steve Waft, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said:
“This was a completely unacceptable incident and it was pure luck that no-one was seriously harmed.
“I am pleased we managed to bring this incident to a safe and successful conclusion.
"Driving in this way is extremely dangerous and will always generate a very strong police response.”