Woman who followed drink driver, took his keys and called police praised

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A woman who followed a drink driver and persuaded him to hand over his keys has been sent a letter of thanks by South Yorkshire Police - who arrested the man after her quick thinking.

The woman was travelling along Station Road in Wombwell at around 6pm on April 11 when she noticed a car was being driven erratically.

She followed the car, a Chevrolet Matiz, to Upperwood Road, where it had stopped. The woman then approached the car, spoke to the driver and persuaded him to get out and hand over his keys for safekeeping.

The woman and another member of the public then called the police.

The man, Mieczyslaw Kowleski, aged 64, of Woodfield Close, Darfield, was arrested on the scene.

He appeared at Barnsley Magistrates Court on May 1 and pleaded guilty to drink driving.

He was banned from driving for 3 years, given a curfew and ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Superintendent Shelley Hemsley said: “The actions of the woman undoubtedly ensured that the driver and other road users were kept safe.

“It is reassuring to know that there are such public-spirited members of the community in Barnsley who are willing to take responsibility to help others.”