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Speed Checks and arrest

Alert message sent 25/11/2021 01:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


** CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR SPEEDING DRIVER **

A speeding driver who avoided stopping at a routine traffic operation in a South Derbyshire village has been arrested after he attempted to avoid detection by hiding in a Christmas tree display at a local garden centre .

Your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) were conducting a speed check on Twyford Road at Barrow Upon Trent yesterday, (Tuesday 23 November), following concerns raised by local residents about vehicles speeding through the village.

Ten minutes into the operation, officers stopped a female motorist who was caught driving at 55 miles per hour in the 40 miles per hour zone. She was reported for a traffic offence.

Very soon afterwards, your SNT observed a silver BMW driving beyond the speed limit. Officers signalled the driver to pull in to the check site area, but with disappointment the male continued instead, accelerating from the scene.

Police immediately began a search for the BMW. An eagle-eyed officer spotted the driver at a local garden centre, close to the village of Swarkestone. The man was seen trying to secrete himself in a Christmas tree display. On seeing officers, the male headed towards several outbuildings and greenhouses.

Another officer caught up with the male and he was detained. A preliminary drug wipe test was conducted, which the male failed, and he was subsequently arrested and taken to custody. The BMW was also seized after it became clear that the driver did not have valid insurance.
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Kerry Wallington-Waite (Police, PCSO Supervisor , Derby South)
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