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Man found ‘slumped at the wheel’ in stolen car in Nottingham

Police officers recovered a stolen car after arresting a man found slumped over a steering wheel.

Officers attended Portland Road, Radford, on Tuesday (6 February) after a member of the public reported the individual looking unwell inside a Toyota Yaris.

The officers knocked on the windows of the car but couldn’t wake the man, raising concerns he had suffered a medical episode.

However, seconds later the car began to roll down the hill, causing the man to wake and slam on the brakes.

Police took the man out of the car and as they were carrying out checks he ran off.

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After a short foot chase, he was detained and placed inside a police car.

Meanwhile, a close inspection of the car found it had false plates and was a vehicle reported stolen from the St Ann’s area on 29 January.

The man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

The 34-year-old was further arrested for possessing a bladed article in public after a knife was found on him.

PC Ryan Nunley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“I would like to thank the member of the public who alerted us to this matter.

“We understand the significant impact vehicle theft can have on victims, both in terms of the financial impact and also how being without a vehicle can disrupt their daily activities.

“Officers acted swiftly to make this arrest and I hope it warns others who commits crime in Nottinghamshire that we will catch them and ensure they are appropriately dealt with.”

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