Man charged after new year police chase

Driffield Police ps1232-13'Driffield Police Station Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1232-13

Driffield Police ps1232-13'Driffield Police Station Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1232-13

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A driver welcomed in the new year being pursued by Driffield police after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

Just after midnight on the 1 January, police became aware of a male driver in a White Vauxhall Astra Van who they had reason to believe was driving over the prescribed limit on the outskirts of Kelk.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: “The vehicle was located and the blue lights were illuminated requesting the driver to compliantly stop. The vehicle was seen to stop and then to reverse towards the police vehicle before making off at speed, driving on the opposite side of the road.

“The vehicle was pursued by the Police in vehicles and the police Helicopter, the driving continued to be erratic and dangerous.”

In the end the male driver came to a dead end at a farm where he was detained by officers.

He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving.

Road safety charity, Brake have praised police for their increased efforts to catch drink and drug drivers over the festive period and welcomed news that drink drive arrests were down while breath-tests were up

6,550 people were arrested in the month-long police enforcement campaign over Christmas and New Year, 573 less than during the same period last year, according to figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The drop in arrests comes despite a welcome increase in enforcement activity over the period, with 191,040 breath tests conducted, up from 175,831 in 2012. 3.4% of those tested failed or refused the test, down from 4% in 2012.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “It is encouraging to see an increase in vital drink drive enforcement over the festive period and fewer arrests. However drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads and we have some way to go before we persuade all drivers to commit to never driving after drinking.”

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