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St Ann’s: Suspected drug driver discovered with axe handle in car boot

A suspected drug-driver was arrested at the roadside by police who then discovered an axe handle in the car boot.

Officers were responding to reports of a road traffic collision when they spotted a car parked in the middle of Hungerhill Road, St Ann’s.

After stopping to investigate at around 11.50pm on Tuesday (5 July), police saw a man standing near to the car who they suspected as being the driver.

When the man started acting strangely, officers began to suspect he might be under the influence, so conducted a roadside drug wipe, in which a mouth swab was taken that tested positive for cannabis.

After a quantity of cannabis was found in the suspect’s possession, police carried out a search of the stationary car.

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This then led to an axe handle being recovered from the boot of the car.

A 26-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of cannabis.

Inspector Steve Dalby, Neighbourhood Inspector for City South, said: “Thanks to the awareness of our officers, we were able to take a suspected drug-driver off the roads and also seize a weapon from the car.

“Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous and puts other road users at genuine risk of harm, which is unacceptable and should never happen for any reason.

“Likewise, it is a criminal offence for anyone to carry an offensive weapon – in this case an axe handle – in a public setting, whether that be on their person or in a vehicle.

“We have arrested a suspect in connection with this incident, but our inquiries are still ongoing, so we’d ask anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation to get in touch.”

Information can be left either by calling the police on 101, quoting incident 862 of 4 July 2023, or contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be reported anonymously.

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