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Driver runs from police and tracker dog after ploughing car into garden

Swindon Advertiser: A Facebook picture of the car after the crash A Facebook picture of the car after the crash

A SUSPECTED drink driver escaped a police tracker dog on Sunday night after ploughing his car into a garden in Haydon Wick.

Just before 10pm on Sunday, police were alerted to reports of a grey Renault Clio having collided with a residential property on The Brow.

The Clio had come off the road and struck a lamp post before careering into a garden on a hairpin bend at the junction of The Brow and High Street.

No other vehicles were involved, and police were unable to give the driver, a 24-year-old man from Swindon, a breathalyser test.

After coming to a stop the man abandoned his car and officers from the North Swindon neighbourhood policing team dispatched their tracker dog to run him down.

PCSO Lee Hare attended the scene as the police dog spent an hour searching the area with no success.

“We cannot be sure of the speed of the car, but it is a concrete lamppost so it would have taken some force to push it over,” he said.

“The dog did not get him so we were unable to breathalyse.”

The driver of the car was soon identified, and while officers failed to locate him during the chase on Sunday he handed himself in first thing the next day.

No arrests have yet been made pending further inquiries.

PCSO Hare said the bend in the road was a cause for concern, and it took officers three hours to extract the wreckage of the car from the lamp-post.

“It is a very unusual occurrence for that area, but it is a dangerous bend,” he said. “The people who live in the area are aware it is a sharp bend so everyone takes the necessary precautions when going round it.

“The problem we had at the time was with the lamp post itself.

“It was a live wire, so we were unable to move the car at first.

“We had to wait until about 1am to recover the car because we had to wait until we could make sure the lamp post was safe.

“The occupant of the house was not at home at the time thankfully.

“It is quite an elderly lady who lives there, so it is just as well she wasn’t there to see this happen.”

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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6:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it! house on the hill
  • Score: 13

8:27am Tue 18 Mar 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

what a fool... the amount of lunatics now living in North Swindon... i'm always having people drive dangerously around me in this area... this won't be the last problem I am sure - get more police on the road too to catch people!
what a fool... the amount of lunatics now living in North Swindon... i'm always having people drive dangerously around me in this area... this won't be the last problem I am sure - get more police on the road too to catch people! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 9

8:29am Tue 18 Mar 14

swindondad says...

house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.
It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE. It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving. swindondad
  • Score: 26

12:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Still About says...

house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Not me.
I hang around with respectable, pleasant people
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Not me. I hang around with respectable, pleasant people Still About
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Still About wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Not me.
I hang around with respectable, pleasant people
so no one you have ever known has ever done it then? sorry don't believe you. i don't drink or smoke or frequent pubs but have seen drivers clearly drunk or drugged up on the roads and have reported them. usually by the time some actually bothers to talk to them they have sobered up or retired!
[quote][p][bold]Still About[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Not me. I hang around with respectable, pleasant people[/p][/quote]so no one you have ever known has ever done it then? sorry don't believe you. i don't drink or smoke or frequent pubs but have seen drivers clearly drunk or drugged up on the roads and have reported them. usually by the time some actually bothers to talk to them they have sobered up or retired! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

5:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

house on the hill wrote:
Still About wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Not me.
I hang around with respectable, pleasant people
so no one you have ever known has ever done it then? sorry don't believe you. i don't drink or smoke or frequent pubs but have seen drivers clearly drunk or drugged up on the roads and have reported them. usually by the time some actually bothers to talk to them they have sobered up or retired!
80% of serious accidents are caused by sober drivers!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Still About[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Not me. I hang around with respectable, pleasant people[/p][/quote]so no one you have ever known has ever done it then? sorry don't believe you. i don't drink or smoke or frequent pubs but have seen drivers clearly drunk or drugged up on the roads and have reported them. usually by the time some actually bothers to talk to them they have sobered up or retired![/p][/quote]80% of serious accidents are caused by sober drivers! mrwoo
  • Score: -1

5:37pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

swindondad wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.
It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.
GRASS!
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE. It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.[/p][/quote]GRASS! mrwoo
  • Score: -5

9:16pm Tue 18 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

mrwoo wrote:
swindondad wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.
It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.
GRASS!
Lets hope they throw the book at the driver for a number of other offenses that would have been committed. Leaving the scene of an accident being the obvious one.....
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE. It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.[/p][/quote]GRASS![/p][/quote]Lets hope they throw the book at the driver for a number of other offenses that would have been committed. Leaving the scene of an accident being the obvious one..... LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 3

7:04am Wed 19 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

mrwoo wrote:
swindondad wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it!
Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.
It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.
GRASS!
Let's hope they don't kill someone you know then, why worry about other people when you can just be a selfish twenty!
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Just one of many drink driving scum in this town. Come on be honest we all know at least one person who does it![/p][/quote]Then do us all a favor and the next time they attempt to do so either take their keys of them, if you are sober give them a lift, offer to get them a cab or if all reasonable suggestions are refused and that insist on driving REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE. It could be the life of your own child, friend, neighbor that you are saving.[/p][/quote]GRASS![/p][/quote]Let's hope they don't kill someone you know then, why worry about other people when you can just be a selfish twenty! house on the hill
  • Score: 2

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