Arrest made in crackdown on drink and drug driving

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More than 35 drivers were stopped and a man arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol during a crackdown on anti-social driving.

Officers from Bridgnorth, Telford, Shrewsbury and Kidderminster took part in the operation in Bridgnorth on Wednesday evening through to Thursday morning last week.

Inspector Nigel Morgan, of South Shropshire safer neighbourhood teams, said: "The aim of the operation was to enable officers to address anti-social driving in the town centre, target criminals known to be involved in rural crime and promote road safety.

"As a result, 36 motorist were stopped, with one vehicle seized by police as the driver had no insurance. A further vehicle was seen to be driving dangerously and made off from police and across farmland. Officers then had a foot chase with the driver, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, possession of drugs and dangerous driving. This vehicle was also seized and a 25-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been released under investigation.

"Further to this while on patrol officers dealt with a road traffic collision in Hermitage Heights, Bridgnorth and conducted patrol duties targeting areas that have been subject to thefts and burglaries. During this time they stopped and spoke with the occupants of numerous vehicles and attend what was thankfully a false burglar alarm activation.

"This forms just one day of action and will be followed up officers conducting further operation duties throughout the autumn and winter months."


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