A driver who called police to report a drink-driver has also been charged with drink-driving after apparently forgetting he was over the limit.
The hapless motorist was involved in what police called a minor collision between a Vauxhall Agila and Peugeot 207 on Sunday afternoon.
Suspecting the other driver had been drinking, he called police to report it.
When officers from Derbyshire’s Roads Policing Unit attended the scene they breath-tested both drivers, revealing that they were both over the limit, with one more than twice the legal limit.
You couldn’t make this up
The force highlighted the bizarre move in a tweet where officers said “you couldn’t make this up”.
The tweet said: “M1 J25. You couldn’t make this up. Very minor collision at the junction causing no damage.
“One driver suspects the other is drunk so quite rightly calls us.
“Forgetting he is also drunk. Both arrested.
“One blew 40 and the other 78. Charged to court.”
The numbers refer to the microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The limit in England is 35 microgrammes.
M1 J25. You couldn’t make this up. Very minor collision at the junction causing no damage. One driver suspects the other is drunk so quite rightly calls us. Forgetting he is also drunk. Both arrested. One blew 40 and the other 78. Charged to court. #DontDrinkDrive #Fatal4 #Wow pic.twitter.com/gerqz5iTuf
— Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit (@DerbyshireRPU) March 18, 2019
Following the incident. a 68-year-old from Nottingham and a 46-year-old from Draycott, Derbyshire were both charged with drink driving.
Potential killers off the road
The bizarre story prompted a flood of responses on social media ranging from dozens laughing at the “two-for-one deal” police had landed to other praising officers for getting “Two more potential killers off the roads”.
Last year government data revealed that drink-drive casualties had reached a four-year high, and a study of driver habits found millions were willing to risk their licence by driving if they felt fine, even if they had been drinking.