Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Two arrests were made after reports of a car being driven the wrong way on a dual carriageway on Tuesday night.

Officers had earlier followed a Ford Focus after it was suspected one of its occupants had been involved in a knife-related public order incident in Newark.

Moments later, Nottinghamshire Police received several calls from members of the public that a car had been seen driving the wrong way on the A46 near Farndon.

Officers and police units worked together to try to safely stop the vehicle which was reported to have been driving at speeds excess of 100mph.

Shortly after at 10.45pm yesterday (Tuesday 25 January 2022), the Ford Focus crashed into a BMW and span off the road.

The suspects who were in the Ford Focus ran off but officers quickly caught up with them and made two arrests.

The road was temporarily closed while the incident was dealt with and both vehicles were recovered. The A46 was reopened by around 1.15am today (Wednesday 26 January 2022).

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing a breathalyser test. He was further arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a knife in a public place and using threatening behaviour.

A 20-year-old man was detained on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Detective Chief Inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to commend the good work of the officers and police resources who worked together to try and bring this incident to a safe conclusion. Thanks to their joint efforts two suspects were swiftly located and apprehended.

“It is extremely fortunate that no-one was seriously hurt. As our swift response to this incident shows, the force is committed to keeping people safe and will use all necessary resources to ensure it stays that way.

“The safety of people across Nottinghamshire, including road users, is our priority and I hope our action in this case just goes to show how seriously this kind of behaviour is taken.

“We would now urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has dash-cam footage which could assist us with our enquiries, to please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 754 of 25 January 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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