Watch the moment drink-driver reverses into police car before being arrested in Cramlington


This is the moment a drink-driver more than three times over the limit reversed into a police car.

The crash happened in a Cramlington supermarket car park last month - and it was all captured on police bodycam. As officers arrived at the scene, the BMW driver reversed into the stationary police vehicle causing significant damage. The man was quickly detained before officers found wine bottles in the cup holders of his car.

After being breathalysed, the driver provided a reading of 125 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which is more than three times over the legal limit. He was later banned from driving for 30 months, fined £583 and ordered to pay court costs after pleading guilty to the offences.

The arrest came as part of a Northumbria Police operation in April which targeted drivers who put others in danger through the ‘Fatal Four’ offences. Spearheaded by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), the activity looks to tackle the top contributing factors that could see people killed and seriously injured on the roads, including speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while distracted, and not wearing seatbelts.

The month-long campaign saw officers including volunteers increase patrol activity and carry out more vehicle stops in a bid to put a stop to offending drivers. As a result, they were able to take action against a string of drivers – with 3,270 reported for speeding, 168 for driving under the influence of drink or drugs, 116 for seatbelt offences, and 74 for using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Sergeant Glen Robson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We’ve had another very successful campaign during April – and the dedication of our officers has led to thousands of reckless drivers being reported for putting others at risk. It is sheer luck in many of the cases we came across that someone was not seriously injured – or even killed.

“Statistics consistently show that drivers travelling at excess speed, while under the influence, being distracted by devices – or without following basic safety legislation can lead to serious harm. That’s why we carry out a range of targeted activity throughout the year against those who endanger the lives of other road users.”

Sgt Robson added: “This type of behaviour is simply inexcusable, and we all have a role to play when it comes to keeping everyone safe from harm on the roads. Please help us to help you by continuing to report any concerns to police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should get in touch via the ‘Report’ page of the Northumbria Police website, or by calling 101. Members of the public can also submit their dashcam footage through the Force’s dedicated portal online. In an emergency, or where a crime is taking place, always dial 999.