Drink and drug-driver collides with police car in Sheffield leaving officer temporarily trapped
A police officer was temporarily trapped in her car after it was hit and severely damaged by a drink and drug-driver in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police said the crash happened at about 10am on Sunday, December 6, when the officer's stationary police car was hit by a blue Ford Fiesta on Coisley Hill roundabout, near Woodhouse.
The officer, who suffered minor injuries, was able to free herself and arrest the Fiesta driver with the help of colleagues, the force said.
He was found to be in possession of drugs, over the limit through drink and tested positive at the roadside for drugs in his saliva.
South Yorkshire Police said: “Once at the custody suite he provided a reading of 47mg of alcohol in his breath, and a sample of blood has been taken for further analysis.
“The officer received minor injuries, but it could have been much, much worse. Unfortunately it looks like the Police vehicle may be scrapped, but it's done its job and protected that officer from serious injuries.
“If the driver of the Ford Fiesta can't control their car to avoid colliding with a fully marked Police vehicle, due to their intoxication, then what chance for the rest of us?
“Again, note the time, 10am. Those questioning the purpose of conducting drink/drug checks in the morning. This was a normal Sunday morning.
“And for those telling us to target proper criminals, drink/drug drivers are those proper criminals. They kill and injure people on the road.”
Sharing a post on Facebook, the force said the photos show the dangers posed by those who decide to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.