Person arrested for driving under the influence of cocaine on M5 in Devon


Police officers arrested an anonymous driver who was driving under the influence of drugs during the lockdown, we learned.

Devon and Cornwall police said police saw the driver on Saturday evening (April 4) while driving on an otherwise empty highway “under the influence of cocaine”.

The driver is believed to have been driving on the M5 between the county border and Exit 31 at Exeter.

The incident comes just days after a driver was arrested for drunk driving in Plymouth during the lockout and hours after government ministers urged the public to stay inside to help contain COVID-19 and save lives.

Sergeant and gun commander Harry Tangye said on Twitter, “After ten minutes of driving in the sun on an empty highway, my colleague and I have one in detention for driving under the influence of cocaine. #StraightToJail #DoNotPassGo. “

The news comes just three days after a 23-year-old man was charged with a drinking and driving offense allegedly committed at the end of the first week of solitary confinement in Plymouth.

Devon and Cornwall police said police arrested Michael Edge while driving on Royal Navy Avenue in Keyham on the evening of Friday March 27.

Edge, from Ker Street, Devonport, Plymouth, will be appearing at Plymouth Magistrates Court later this month.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesperson said: “Michael Edge, 23, of Plymouth, was charged with drinking and driving after being arrested by police on Royal Navy Avenue, Plymouth , Friday March 27 at 10:30 p.m. “

Government ministers and NHS bosses once again appealed to residents of the United Kingdom this afternoon to stay inside and abide by the lock rules.

In the daily press conference at Downing Street, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove asked the public to “think about the people on the front lines” and stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Gove said he recognized that some people would be tempted by the sunny weather to “go out and walk around,” but urged the public to follow the lock rules to avoid putting others at risk.

He said we need to “think about those on the front line and the sacrifice they make for us” and told viewers that everyone should follow the social distancing guidelines that have been put in place so that we can slow the spread of the disease.

NHS England medical director Professor Steve Powis added: “The sun may be out, but that doesn’t mean you should be out.

“Now is not the time to be complacent and take your foot off the pedal. “


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