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Car crashed into traffic lights leading to police pursuit

A car that was involved in multiple collisions was brought to a stop by police, and empty cider cans were then found in the driver’s side footwell.  

Response officers went looking for the black Audi A5 after it reportedly left the scene of a collision on Bardills Roundabout, near Toton, shortly before 7 pm last night (6 December).

They located it within minutes on Stapleford Road, Trowell, where it had crashed into a traffic light.

As officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped off in the direction of Ilkeston.

Officers gave chase and saw the Audi collide with a parked car before it turned into Morrisons car park in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, where officers brought it to a stop.

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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 on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving and failing to cooperate with a preliminary test.

PC Matthew Hempsall, who is leading the investigation, 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.

“The suspect remains in custody for questioning.”

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