If you’ve made the serious error of judgement to take to the wheel after hitting the booze, we’d imagine your top priority would be to keep a low profile on the road, so as to not arouse the suspicion of the law.

A North Yorkshire man has spectacularly failed in this regard, having been arrested after driving through a police cordon surrounding an unrelated crash site.

Police had been investigating a head-on collision on the A658 in Harrogate when they were interrupted by an unidentified 26-year-old man who had driven around police road blocks and was attempting to drive through the crash scene itself on his way home.

Unsurprisingly, police pulled him over and he was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

The driver was subsequently arrested and is currently being questioned in custody.

Speaking to The Northern Echo, a police spokesman warned motorists against ignoring police cordons around potential crime scenes:

“It is vitally important that the police can gather all the available evidence from collision scenes without any interference. This evidence is then used to support court cases to bring offenders to justice and also to explain the circumstances of how people died in fatal collisions at inquest hearings.

“We understand that people can become frustrated when road closures cause delays, and our officers and highways staff work hard to get traffic moving again. But if people ignore road closures and potentially put themselves and others in danger, the police and the courts will take firm action.”

The collision, which involved a taxi and a Transit van, is still under investigation. Four people were left with serious injuries, but luckily there were no fatalities.

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Daljinder Nagra


July 29, 2013