Banned Drink-Driver Arrested in Ashton-under-Lyne After Driving with Flat Tyre

A banned driver was arrested in Ashton-under-Lyne after driving a car with a flat tire past a police car while over the drink-drive limit. The driver was pulled over and found to be disqualified from driving, and was taken into custody.

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Banned Drink-Driver Arrested in Ashton-under-Lyne After Driving with Flat Tyre

Banned Drink-Driver Arrested in Ashton-under-Lyne After Driving with Flat Tyre

On May 12, 2024, a banned, arrested drink-driver was arrested by Greater Manchester Police's traffic unit in the Ashton-under-Lyne area of Tameside. The driver was behind the wheel of a white Vauxhall Corsa with a flat tyre when they drove past a police car on Audenshaw Road.

Despite the flat tyre, the driver continued to drive the vehicle until they were pulled over by traffic officers on Portugal Street at around 10:30 am. The driver, whose age and sex have not been revealed, was arrested and found to be over the drink-drive limit and disqualified from driving.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the ongoing struggle to combat drink-driving, which remains a significant threat to road safety in the UK. The arrest serves as a reminder of the importance of strict enforcement and education to prevent such incidents and reduce the risk of fatalities on the roads.

The Greater Manchester Police traffic unit shared details of the arrest on social media, stating: "This Corsa was driven past XTS3 on Audenshaw Road a short while ago. Despite the flat tyre they persisted with their attempts to drive the vehicle until stopped on Portugal Street. Found to be over the drink drive limit and disqualified." The post added that the driver was "Now en-route to custody."

Drink-driving remains a serious issue on UK roads. In 2019, there were an estimated 7,800 casualties, including 240 fatalities, in incidents where at least one driver was over the legal alcohol limit. The legal alcohol limit for drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The arrest in Ashton-under-Lyne serves as the latest example of Greater Manchester Police's ongoing efforts to crack down on drink-driving and improve road safety. No further details about the driver or potential charges have been released at this time, as the investigation continues.

Key Takeaways

  • Banned driver arrested for drink-driving in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside.
  • Driver had a flat tyre but continued driving until stopped by police.
  • Found to be over the drink-drive limit and disqualified from driving.
  • In 2019, 7,800 casualties and 240 fatalities occurred due to drink-driving in the UK.
  • Greater Manchester Police continues to crack down on drink-driving to improve road safety.