DRINK & DRUG DRIVERS: Police issue warning after spike in suspected drink & drug drivers
Roads policing officers with Cleveland Police are issuing a warning after a number of drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs were arrested over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, a Ford Fiesta failed to stop for police on Cargo Fleet Lane around 2:30pm. Officers pursued the vehicle until two males abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot on Normanby Road. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, failing to stop for police, taking without the owner’s consent, possession with intent to supply class B drugs and dangerous driving.
Another man, aged 23, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, possession of criminal property and possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Officers recovered a large amount of cash and cannabis. On Sunday morning, around 10am, a member of the public reported concerns for the manner of driving of a Peugeot 307 which left a petrol station in Grangetown.
Officers located the car abandoned after it failed to stop for police and a 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with failing to stop for police and driving under the influence of alcohol. The man will appear in court in April. A second man was charged on Sunday after a vehicle was stopped on the Trunk Road in Dormanstown around 12:30pm.
A 40-year-old man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance. His vehicle was seized and he will appear in court in April. These are just some of a total of 16 people arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Inspector Jamie Bell said: “We are all well aware of the consequences that can come of getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence. It’s unacceptable and our officers are out on patrol, on the look out for anyone under the influence, as they continue to try to keep our roads as safe as possible.
“Please be responsible and don’t get behind the wheel if you’re under the influence. If you have had a good drink the night before you need to drive, then you need to make sure that is out of your system before driving. With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, and more people inevitably on the roads, please don’t take risks with lives.”
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