Home / Blog / Suspected drug

Suspected drug

May 24, 2023May 24, 2023

Officers from Northumbria Police pulled the car over as it headed towards Blaydon

Sign up for free to get the latest North East news and updates delivered straight to your inbox

We have more newsletters

A suspected drug-fuelled motorist was arrested after a car was driven down the A1 near Blaydon on only its metal rim – causing sparks to fly across the carriageway.

At about 7.30pm on Thursday (January 26) an off-duty officer from Northumbria Police raised the alarm after seeing the blue Volvo travelling at 70mph despite its front tyre having been shredded. The vehicle was seen to swerve across the road, with the wheel rim dragging on the road and debris flung across both lanes.

Police subsequently pulled over the car as it headed towards the Blaydon area. Roadside checks were carried out with the man who officers believed to be the driver – who tested positive for being under the influence of cocaine.

Read more: Northumbria Police officer facing sack for sexual relationship with vulnerable victim

A 34-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving whilst being under the influence of drugs and he remains under investigation.

Chief Inspector Ian Cutty, of Northumbria Police's Motor Patrols Department, said: "It almost beggars belief that somebody would drive a car in this condition. It is sheer luck that nobody was killed as a result.

"The front tyre had totally come off and the Volvo was seen shooting sparks on one of the region's busiest roads, with the wheel rim dragging on the road. To drive a vehicle in this condition is incredibly dangerous – and this could so easily have had a very different outcome, destroying somebody's family forever.

"We all have a responsibility to make sure our roads are as safe as they possibly can be for all road users, and I hope this sends out an important message. By driving a vehicle in this condition, you are simply rolling the dice with people's lives and futures.

"A full investigation is ongoing into this particular incident and I would like to thank the off-duty officer who quickly alerted us. Her intervention meant we could quickly deploy resources and ensure the car was brought to a swift and safe stop."

Anyone who sees anybody driving dangerously is asked to report it immediately to police by calling 999. You can also upload dashcam footage directly to the Northumbria Police website here -

Read next

'I'll never get my childhood back, but I can look to the future': Cruelty victim's relief as abusive Longbenton stepdad finally jailed

Northumberland retired music teacher, 80, jailed for sexual activity with underage girl

Eight gun plot thugs guilty of UK-wide conspiracy which saw firearm blasted at home

North Shields man arrested in connection with alleged Albanian people-smuggling operation

Sunderland murder accused claims his friend killed teenager during row over money