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Game over for driver picked up for alleged drug-driving in tonight's episode of Channel 5's Police Interceptors featuring Nottinghamshire force

The game was up for one unlucky Notts driver after he ran the gauntlet of a copper’s sixth sense — leading to him getting picked up for alleged drug driving.

One of the incidents on tonight's episode of Channel 5's Police Interceptors features a driver who is dramatically stopped by officers and fails a roadside drugs test for cannabis and cocaine.

The programme emphasises how officers are often 'hidden from sight' and this is one of the tactics that Nottinghamshire Police has been keen to explore — covert tactics that can detect offences completely unbeknownst to the perpetrator.

Nottinghamshire Police will be featured in Channel 5's Police Interceptors starting Monday, November 9. (43021492)
Nottinghamshire Police will be featured in Channel 5's Police Interceptors starting Monday, November 9. (43021492)

Roads policing constable Phil Broughton was on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle in the Debdale Lane area of Mansfield when his attention was drawn to a Ford Focus. He received information the car was displaying an incorrect registration plate.

He immediately followed the vehicle but the driver headed down residential streets before taking several sharp turns in an attempt to lose the trailing police vehicles.

Trained to prevent dangerous pursuit situations, Pc Broughton was one step ahead and, within the space of a few minutes, had orchestrated a tactical containment manoeuvre alongside his colleagues from the armed response unit. The teams were able to box the Focus in as it came down Chesterfield Road South and met the junction with the A617.

The driver was then placed into a police vehicle while Pc Broughton searched the Ford Focus and identified a strong smell of cannabis. He then conducted a road-side drugs wipe, which gave a positive result for both cannabis and cocaine.

He also established the 31-year-old only had a provisional driving licence and was driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence by not being supervised and not displaying learner plates on the vehicle. It was also discovered he wasn't insured to be driving it.

The real registration plates were also found inside and it was discovered the Ford Focus was recently stolen from Shirebrook in Derbyshire. It was subsequently seized and returned back to its owner.

Constable Broughton said: "Sometimes when you're out on the roads, you get a hunch that something's not quite right about a vehicle and we can very quickly and easily carry out the relevant checks which often confirm our suspicions.

"Based on the information I had access to and the way the vehicle was being driven, I made the assumption that the driver wouldn't stop for me and being an unmarked vehicle gave me a slight advantage. So I quickly radioed to my colleagues and we were able to box the vehicle in before a dangerous pursuit had the chance to take place.

"Being trained in the use of drug wipes has made a huge difference to our ability to keep people safe on the roads. There is a correlation between dangerous driving and drug taking so when we make that stop, it's great to be able to test the suspect at the road-side and make sure that they're held to account for the crimes they've committed."

As a result of the incident at around 9.45am on November 21, 2020, the driver was arrested and remains under investigation for drug-driving and other driving offences.

Superintendent Claire Rukas, who heads up operational support at Nottinghamshire Police, said: "It's great to see the effectiveness of our covert methods and drugs testing on national television and to know that this is really making a difference to keeping people safe on our county's roads.

"Drug-driving has absolutely devastating consequences, and more often than not, it's people who are completely innocent that get caught in the firing line. It's also great to see our officers using their skills to prevent a police pursuit because this can also pose a risk to members of the public.

"Criminals need to be warned that we have eyes on our roads everywhere and they could get caught out at any moment."

Also on Police Interceptors tonight is an interesting foot chase with a suspect whose legs don't run half as fast as his mouth. The firearms team are also deployed to a house where a man armed with a gun is threatening to harm himself or provoke a police shooting.

Catch all of this and more tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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