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26th Jan, 2022

Suspected drink-driver arrested after he was 'swerving erratically' on the M5 near Droitwich

A SUSPECTED drink-driver was arrested around 2am this morning after swerving erratically all over the M5 near Droitwich.

The male motorist then attempted to turn his car around which would have seen him driving the wrong way up the motorway near Junction 5, facing oncoming traffic and posing significant danger to other road users.

Officers from Worcestershire Operational Patrol Unit (OPU) performed a tactical manoeuvre to safely bring the car to a standstill.

The man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after failing to provide a breath test.

The motorway had to be closed for around 20 minutes and was reopened as the man was taken off to custody.

Insp Darren Godsall said: “Our officers routinely see people over the legal limit driving a car and making potentially fatal decisions such as this and it’s extremely frustrating that some people selfishly choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Drink or drug driving is completely unacceptable at any time and catching motorists who are prepared to take such a risk is a priority for us all year round.

“Our teams will continue to conduct patrols over New Year period in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving. The simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that’s to not drink or take controlled substances at all.”

West Mercia Police earlier reissued their warning to people not to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Officers will be out in force this evening and into new year’s day.

So far, since the start of December, 200 motorists across the West Mercia force area have been arrested for failing drink or drug-driving tests.

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