Suspected drug-driver arrested after car was stopped on motorway with only three tyres

The car was missing a tyre (Picture: PA)
The car was missing a tyre (Picture: PA)

A suspected drug-driver has been arrested after driving his car on a motorway with only three tyres.

The motorist’s battered red Citroen was being driven on a metal wheel rim where its right rear tyre should have been.

The car had severely damaged bodywork and was missing a headlight and a wing mirror when it was pulled over on the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road near Bury.

Despite its condition, police said it was “not involved in an accident today” and the driver believed it was “acceptable” to be driven on the motorway.

Officers were alerted to the vehicle after receiving “numerous” reports from concerned motorists.

They received the reports of the car being driven on the motorway at 10.10am on Monday.


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North West Motorway Police, which represents four forces in the region, posted on Twitter that the driver was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after giving a positive roadside sample.

The group said “patrols couldn’t believe it once we got the vehicle stopped”, adding: “This is not a wind-up. Vehicle in question has not been involved in an accident today.

“Driver under the influence of drugs has entered the network thinking this is acceptable.”

The car was pulled over by police (Picture: PA)
The car was pulled over by police (Picture: PA)

A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving.

Inspector Neil Anson said: “I have never seen a car in a worse condition on a motorway.

“It is beyond belief that the driver thought he could control the vehicle in this condition.”

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