South Yorkshire father and son praised for catching drink-driver

Award: From left, Kevin Dixon, Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke and Kiefer Dixon.
Award: From left, Kevin Dixon, Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke and Kiefer Dixon.
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a FATHER and son who chased a drink driver after he crashed have been honoured for their bravery.

Kevin and Kiefer Dixon, from Barnsley, were travelling along Lane Head Road, Cawthorne, when they spotted a Land Rover crash into the rear of another vehicle but fail to stop at the scene of the accident – despite leaving the driver of the other car injured.

The Dixons, aged 45 and 17, followed him and saw the drunk driver crash into a tree before abandoning his vehicle and running off.

Kevin and Kiefer chased him into some nearby woods and managed to apprehend him until police arrived to arrest the motorist.

They were honoured with a Commanders Commendation for their efforts during a presentation at Barnsley police station.

Chief Superintendent for Barnsley, Andy Brooke, said: “I have no hesitation in awarding Kevin and Kiefer this Commander’s Commendation in recognition of their courage and excellent public service.

“This man was extremely drunk and aggressive and struggled with these men, but they still managed to restrain him until police officers arrived.”

Kevin said: “We didn’t think about the risk to ourselves, we just saw him plough into the back of a car and then force himself past to get away.

“We wrestled with him for 20 minutes.”

The driver they apprehended – Robert Barraclough, a 59-year-old farmer from Penistone – was banned from driving for three years.