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Drink-driver arrested in stolen car after crashing into lamppost in Walsall

By Dayna Farrington | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A suspected drink-driver has been arrested after trying to flee from police in a stolen car before crashing into a lamppost in Walsall.

The drink-driver tried to escape police, but crashed into a lamppost. Photo: OM Walsall @OmWalsall

The Ford Fiesta sped off from officers in the Brownhills area at around 2am on Saturday morning.

Shortly afterwards, it collided with a lamppost in Lindon Road and the driver ran off down Harley Close.

Police caught up with him after he tried to jump over a fence. He was found to be twice over the drink drive limit.

The 28-year-old from Walsall was arrested on suspicion of drinking driving, drugs possession and car theft.

A quantity of drugs were found in the car – which turned out to have been stolen from the Bilston area in November last year.

A spokesman from West Midlands Police said: "A Ford Fiesta made off from officers at 2am today [Saturday] in the Brownhills area but collided with a lamppost in Lindon Road a short time later.

"The driver ran away into Harley Close but was quickly caught by officers as he tried jumping over a fence.

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"The car was found to be running on cloned plates – checks confirmed it had been stolen in November from Bilston.

"A quantity of what's believed to be Class A and B drugs were also recovered.

"A 28-year-old man, from the Delves area of Walsall, remains in police custody on suspicion of drink driving, drugs possession, and car theft."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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