Intoxicated Nottinghamshire private hire driver arrested after officers see him driving with no tyre

Image credit: Bestwood & Top Valley Police

A private hire driver has been arrested for driving whilst under the influence of alcohol in Nottinghamshire.

Police were alerted to his driving when they noticed sparks spraying up from alongside the vehicle as it was passing.

On closer inspection it became apparent that one of the car’s tyres was completely blown and ripped away from the wheel, causing the vehicle to be operated solely on its alloy. The car also had extensive damage to its front bumper.

Image credit: Bestwood & Top Valley Police

Astonishingly, the driver had managed to drive all the way from Clifton to Nottingham City centre with his Toyota private hire car in such condition, although the police confirmed that there had been a collision with a parked vehicle enroute.

Officers attempted to take a roadside breath test but the driver refused to do so. The unnamed man was then escorted to Bridewell Police Station where he spent the night.

Eventually back at the station, officers were able to get a breath test completed. The results showed that the man was twice over the legal limit.

The police confirmed that the driver did not have any passengers in the vehicle and wasn’t logged on to accept any jobs at the time he was arrested.

A spokesperson for the force, said: “We would just want to remind everyone that when you pre-order a taxi, it should arrive on four wheels, so make sure you check before you get in.”

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