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Pair arrested after reports of car being driven wrong way on A46 at Farndon

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A range of police resources and officers resulted in two arrests after reports of a car being driven the wrong way on a dual carriageway.

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.

Minutes later Nottinghamshire Police received multiple calls from members of the public that a car had been seen going the wrong way on the A46 near Farndon.

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

A short time after, at around 10.45pm on Tueday, the Ford Focus crashed into a BMW and span off the road.

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

Four occupants in the BMW were injured in the crash but their injuries are not currently believed to be serious. No other injuries were reported.

The road was temporarily closed while the incident was dealt with and both vehicles were recovered. The A46 was re-opened by around 1.15am today.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath. 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 January 25, 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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