Suspected drink-driver's miracle escape as car flips over at Northamptonshire roundabout

Motorist arrested after being taken to hospital following late-night "Super Saturday" smash

By Kevin Nicholls
Monday, 6th July 2020, 11:54 am

A suspected drunk driver had a miracle escape from the wreckage of his car after a late-night smash in Northamptonshire on Saturday.

The blue Honda Civic rolled and finished on its roof after clipping a roundabout on the A43 south of Brackley.

Police revealed the driver – a 35-year-old man from Bicester, Oxfordshire –– was taken to hospital with only minor injuries but he was later arrested for failing to supply a specimen of blood for testing.

The driver escaped with minor injures from this crash on the A43. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

Officers are now appealing for witnesses to the smash which came at the end of "Super Saturday" when pubs and bars were allowed to reopen for the first time in nearly four months.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We received reports of a single-vehicle road traffic collision at just after 11.10pm on Saturday, July 4.

"A Honda Civic travelling along Broad Lane, Evenley, was in collision with a roundabout causing the car to overturn.

"The driver was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment. He has since been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit.

"If anyone witnessed this crash or maybe has dashcam footage available, we would ask them to contact us urgently by calling 101."

Drivers convicted in court of failing to provide specimens of blood when required to do so can face up to six months in jail, unlimited fines and 12 months disqualification.

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