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Alleged drunk driver stopped after high-speed police pursuit

Police found drugs after stopping a car that was being driven erratically – with the driver then failing a breathalyser test.

Officers were travelling southbound on the A1 near Newark when they were overtaken by a speeding vehicle.

Following that initial spot at around 3am on Wednesday (22 November), police followed the car for a short while.

During this time, the vehicle continued to be driven erratically at speed – weaving in and out of traffic – until it reached Home Farm Close, Kelham.

After reaching a dead end, an attempt was made to try and reverse the car out, which resulted in it colliding with a police car before eventually coming to a stop.

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A search was then carried out of the vehicle, which resulted in several deal bags of suspected cocaine, multiple phones and quantities of cash being discovered.

Suspecting the driver could be under the influence, officers asked them to complete a breathalyser test, which they failed, while a roadside drugs wipe also tested positive for cocaine.

Attempts were then made to bring the suspect into custody, during which time an officer was injured after being bitten on the arm.

A 33-year-old woman was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention, drink-driving, drug-driving and possessing with intent to supply Class A drugs.

She was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

PC Michael Reaney, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Thankfully nobody was injured as a result of the driving demonstrated in this incident, although that was more down to luck than anything else.

“This type of erratic driving has absolutely no place on our roads, and nobody should ever think about getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Likewise, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to assault a police officer, or any other emergency worker, who are all just trying to do their jobs and keep people safe.

“We have arrested a suspect in connection with this incident, but our inquiries are still ongoing, so we’d ask anyone with any information to call the police on 101, quoting incident 35 of 22 November 2023, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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