Motorist reports drink-driver after crash – forgetting he is also drunk

Motorist reports drink-driver after crash – forgetting he is also drunk
Motorist reports drink-driver after crash – forgetting he is also drunk

A driver who called police to report a drink-driver has also been charged with drink-driving after apparently forgetting he was over the limit.

The hapless motorist was involved in what police called a minor collision between a Vauxhall Agila and Peugeot 207 on Sunday afternoon.

Suspecting the other driver had been drinking, he called police to report it.

When officers from Derbyshire’s Roads Policing Unit attended the scene they breath-tested both drivers, revealing that they were both over the limit, with one more than twice the legal limit.

You couldn’t make this up

The force highlighted the bizarre move in a tweet where officers said “you couldn’t make this up”.

The tweet said: “M1 J25. You couldn’t make this up. Very minor collision at the junction causing no damage.

“One driver suspects the other is drunk so quite rightly calls us.

“Forgetting he is also drunk. Both arrested.

“One blew 40 and the other 78. Charged to court.”

The numbers refer to the microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The limit in England is 35 microgrammes.

Following the incident. a 68-year-old from Nottingham and a 46-year-old from Draycott, Derbyshire were both charged with drink driving.

Potential killers off the road

The bizarre story prompted a flood of responses on social media ranging from dozens laughing at the “two-for-one deal” police had landed to other praising officers for getting “Two more potential killers off the roads”.

Last year government data revealed that drink-drive casualties had reached a four-year high, and a study of driver habits found millions were willing to risk their licence by driving if they felt fine, even if they had been drinking.

Electric cars to get green number plates under government plan

Different plates could make it easier to apply incentives such as free parking and priority lane use to zero-emissions vehicles

Driver escapes ban after filming himself driving at 100mph on one of Britain's deadliest roads

Footage showed £100,000 Audi racing towards oncoming traffic on notorious Snake Pass

BMW extends fire risk recall, here are the affected models

27,000 more vehicles under scrutiny over possible exhaust system fault

Ban on car finance commissions 'will save drivers £165m a year'

FCA acts to address serious concerns about drivers being pushed into higher interest loans