Mercedes driver swapped number plates and was found over the drug-drive limit

South Yorkshire Police spotted this Mercedes wearing the wrong number plates in Doncaster recently.

By Stephanie Bateman
Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 8:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 8:37 am

As the driver went into a fast food restaurant drive-thru in the town, officers made a plan to stop him without putting members of the public at risk.

As the driver emerged from the drive-thru, he realised he had a reception committee waiting for him, but refused to just stop for the police.

An SYP officer said: “Instead, he tried to accelerate through us in a bid to get away. As can be seen from the pictures, it didn’t end well for any of the cars involved (our firearms colleagues also had their car damaged in the errant Mercedes driver’s attempt to get away.

He was driving with no insurance

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“Some cross words and firm instructions later, the driver had been removed from his car and was sporting some handcuffs in the back of one of ours.”

The car wasn’t stolen, but the driver had changed the plates to hide the fact that he had no insurance and was disqualified from driving. He also failed a drugs wipe so was arrested for driving whilst over the prescribed limit as well as document offences and dangerous driving/criminal damage.

They added: “After several hours in custody, the driver was released under investigation whilst his blood sample is sent off for analysis. Once that sample is back and we can confirm that he is in fact over the prescribed limit (on what and by how much), he will be off to explain himself to a court.”

This is what happened when he attempted to escape

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