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Suspected drink driver crashes through level crossing works

A quick police response led to two arrests after a suspected drink-driver went through a road closure.

Workmen at a level crossing in Collingham called 999 after a driver ignored bollards and went through at 12.15 am this morning (1 September 2022).

They said the driver claimed he was running out of fuel and appeared to be intoxicated as he went through.

Response officers caught up with the suspect vehicle and a pursuit was authorised after the car failed to stop.

During the pursuit, the car hit speeds of 75mph in a 40mph zone, before heading down a narrow country lane where it crashed on a bend.

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One man fled but was detained a short distance away. The 33-year-old refused to take a breath test and was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and failing to provide a breath sample.

A second man remained in the car and was also arrested.

The 58-year-old failed a breath test and was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and driving whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

He was further arrested for possession of a class B drug following a search.

Neither suspect was injured.

Inspector Abigail Goucher, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It was an excellent piece of police work involving multiple officers and the control room to locate this vehicle and safely detain two suspects.

“It really should go without saying but driving through a road closure is extremely dangerous, as is drink-driving.

“Such offences can cost lives which is why we will always take robust action against anyone found to have committed such crimes.

“If anyone suspects that someone could be driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we’d ask that they call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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