Worse for Wear Traffic Cops


Worse for Wear

Documentary series. After an abandoned car is found smashed into a telegraph pole on the outskirts of Watford, a trail of blood leads to a man who has been drinking.


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All across the country,

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the thin blue line is being stretched to the limit.

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-Get on the floor.

-What are you doing, man?

-Get down on the floor!

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Now with big cuts in police budgets looming...

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If you can put it back by that grit salt.

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..Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire's Traffic Cops have joined forces...

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The capability we've got as a combined unit is even greater.

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..to keep a lid on the growing numbers

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of road users that are desperate...

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Persons have made off, they've gone across the fields.

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..out of control...

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I wouldn't want to be in the passenger seat of that.

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..or worse for wear.

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And she's drunk.

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I'm lost for words.

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It's Friday night in Hertfordshire,

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a time when the Traffic Cops are on particularly high alert.

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A time when accidents and incidents are all too common.

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Whisky One, I've heard you're looking for a car in a field.

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Already, a report is coming in of a bad smash along a dark

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country lane on the outskirts of Watford.

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Decamp and the vehicle's crashed.

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If you hit a telegraph pole or a tree,

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90% of the time, the car's going to lose.

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Those telegraph poles go some meters down into the ground

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so they're absolutely solid, and for you to hit one of those

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is likely to have some quite serious consequences.

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The crash is in the middle of nowhere.

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Luckily, someone not too far away in a nearby farm

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was woken by the noise.

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But apart from a trail of blood,

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there's no sign at all of whoever was in the car.

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Ooh. Oh, dear.

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We need to find that driver.

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As I approached, I could see that there was quite significant

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damage to the vehicle and that we needed to try

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and trace the occupants of that vehicle as soon as possible.

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Our priority, at that point, is the welfare of those people.

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Ben suspects they can't have gone far.

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Anybody surviving the crash must be in a bad way.

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And blood inside the car means there's no time to waste.

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You see there's marks on the road going back down there,

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where he's probably already been pointing in the wrong direction.

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-You can see there's another mark.

-Over there.

-Yeah.

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Obviously, he spun out and woken the gentleman in the nearby house

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by crashing into his telegraph pole.

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But there's no-one left to actually tell us

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what's gone on at the moment.

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So not only do we have the problem

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of why they're not there any more, but where are they?

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Cos they could be lying in a field

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with a serious head injury, unconscious.

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The damage to the Peugeot is extensive.

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If you looked at it from the front it almost looked as

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if it was only half a car.

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There was massive intrusion on the passenger side which had

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pushed the passenger seat up.

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Anyone that had been in the passenger side, if there'd

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been a passenger, would have sustained quite serious injuries.

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He'll be drunk cos there's Fosters cans all over the floor.

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-Is there?

-And there's a pack in the back.

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A 12 pack in the back and the front passenger's got lagers.

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Empty beer cans are a pretty good clue as to what's gone on.

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Could smell alcohol inside the vehicle,

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so I would say that the driver was most definitely under

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the influence of alcohol at the time that he crashed into that lamppost.

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There could be somebody hiding in the nearby field, so the police

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helicopter, X-ray Alpha 99, has been called in to help with the search.

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Meanwhile, something else that might be to blame for the crash

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has been discovered. A space saver wheel.

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It's a small wheel, it affords you less grip, less braking,

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so it's not as safe

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and that's why it's got a speed limit, a lower speed limit.

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You shouldn't drive quickly on a space saver

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cos it's not designed to take the same stresses as a normal tyre.

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Well, you see the problem is, the guy who phoned up said

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he saw two people.

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So he said as he's woken up with a bang,

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he's looked out of his window, which is pretty much just overlooking this

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and he said he'd seen two people get out, but he can't be sure whether

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they're males or females and he says after that, he just phoned us.

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He doesn't know which way they've gone

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but I wouldn't want to be in the passenger seat of that.

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That's bad.

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But if they're thrown over slightly,

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if they're not wearing a seatbelt, you know, you can be lucky.

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We only had blood specifically in the driver's

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side of the vehicle.

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Anyone in the passenger side of the vehicle would have been

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seriously injured, because there was basically no passenger

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compartment left in that vehicle.

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There was a blood trail leading from the car down the hill,

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which we followed to a point where it then appeared to disappear.

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Despite the trail having gone cold

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and no-one found by the helicopter, the cops aren't giving up

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hope of tracking down any of the occupants from the car tonight.

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We deal with this a lot.

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People will drive their car, having had a drink,

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something will go wrong and then they'll think, "I can solve this.

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"If I go home and say to the police,

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"'I don't know anything about it,

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"'I left my car at the pub'",

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they think it'll just go away.

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But it doesn't go away quite that easily

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when their car's wrapped round a telegraph pole.

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In Dunstable in Bedfordshire, Friday nights are much like any

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other town across the country.

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Its pubs and clubs are packed with revellers

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out partying at the end of the working week.

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And as usual, some of them are worse for wear.

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In one of the town's nightclubs, someone's picked a fight

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with a bouncer.

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Some door staff have detained a male outside a nightclub in Dunstable.

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Um, but unfortunately we've got no available Dunstable units at all.

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It's a sign of the times that traffic cops are now often

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called in to help deal with public disorder.

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It's literally a question of who can you pull out of the hat.

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And generally, it's Traffic and then it's Firearms

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and then the Dog Team come out as well.

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-Got a doorman here waving us down.

-Shona's going to take command.

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I've got it. I'll go and sort him out.

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You're kind of thinking, here we go, we're going to end up having

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to sort of go to loggerheads with drunk people.

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You can't communicate with them,

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you can't negotiate with them and they always have to be right.

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-But it's Shona that might not be right this time.

-Go.

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Put your arm around.

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I naturally just thought, that's the person.

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I didn't do it on purpose. Baby, babe, I didn't do it on purpose.

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The lad swears he hasn't done anything wrong.

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Move away, please, watch your backs!

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I haven't done anything on purpose, mate.

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But a cab driver is alleging he's just vandalised his taxi.

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I mean, it was only when I was walking my guy

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away from the door staff and away from the nightclub itself,

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that I realised that Ian had also got somebody handcuffed that was

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on the floor and I started to think, well, what else have we got here?

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Put your hand behind your back, chap.

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Ian's got the man that smacked the bouncer.

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Speaking to the door staff they've confirmed, yes,

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this was the male that's assaulted one of them.

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But while Ian's got his hands full, Shona is still on her own.

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-And now there's a problem.

-Why am I in BLEEP handcuffs for?!

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There were some guys behind us in the queue

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that were winding him up...

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Look how much stronger she is than you! Seriously!

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..and saying, "Oh, she's stronger than you",

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and really giving him a load of grief

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and I think he clicked on and he felt a bit, um, upset about that.

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We need another unit, here, please, over.

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-Get down on the floor.

-What are you doing, man?

-Get down on the floor!

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-I ain't

-BLEEP

-done anything wrong, mate!

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And he's not going to be put down by a woman.

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Just get him on the floor for me, please.

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-I ain't done nothing wrong, mate!

-Down on the floor now.

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Oi, what you doing, man?

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The doorman came over, picked matey up for me

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and helped put him to the floor.

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Right, walk this way. Keep your head down.

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It's difficult, because your natural instinct is to run over there

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and try and help.

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But I was conscious of the fact that I've got quite a well built

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lad on the floor in handcuffs.

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I believe if I got up and went over to help Shona, he'd have

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been on his feet and on his toes - straight down the road.

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Back-up has arrived at last.

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Those people egging him on and making him

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feel really small didn't help my cause in any way shape or form.

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-I ain't done nothing! Argh! My

-BLEEP

-wrists!

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The high-spirited man hasn't been fighting,

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but he has damaged the taxi.

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-He's really ripped that off, ain't he?

-Yeah.

-He's very drunk.

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Want him for ABH against the door staff

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and then for criminal damage, but he's completely kicking up

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in the van, so going to have to go back to custody and sort him out.

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Let's go.

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Back at the scene of the single vehicle crash, there's been

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a breakthrough.

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We received a call on the radio to say that the guy that we

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believe was the driver had been traced at an address just

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literally probably about a ten minute walk away.

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Muddied and blooded, the man says he wasn't the driver,

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but he isn't denying he was in the car.

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We believe that was his ex girlfriend's address that he's

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managed to make his way to and she obviously wasn't overly impressed

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because her and her family had been woken up by him banging on the door.

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Have you consumed any alcohol in the last 20 minutes?

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-Yes, I have, yeah.

-The man's not denying he's been drinking, either.

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-OK, what have you had?

-I've had two cans of Fosters.

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Well I've been here probably about 20 minutes,

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last half an hour, 40 minutes here.

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Right, so your last drink was half an hour ago.

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Something like that, yeah.

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In case he was driving, he's going to be breathalysed.

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Right, and keep blowing until I tell you to stop.

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Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going.

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That's lovely, thank you.

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He's almost double the limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol

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per 100 millilitres of breath.

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The crashed car hasn't been stolen, it belongs to the man's father

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and he'd been in it with a friend.

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He claimed that he hadn't been driving the vehicle

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and that he'd been sat in the back seat of the vehicle.

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That his friend had been driving.

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Unfortunately, he was unable to name his friend and that's how he'd come

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to be involved in the accident and sustained the injuries that he had.

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He's got Peugeot keys in his pocket, which

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we will have matched to the car to make it so it will fit.

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Even though the keys were in his pocket, the police still

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can't disprove the man's story, nor will a DNA test help their cause.

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On PNC, what's the previous?

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He's given a story involving him being in the back seat.

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Now, to get himself out of that vehicle,

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cos it's a two door vehicle, with the passenger side smashed in,

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it's then necessary for him to climb through the front seat,

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through the console, out the driver's door.

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Yeah, we can do DNA tests on the airbag and on the blood found

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in the centre console and on the dashboard and wherever else and that

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will prove that he was in the car, but we can't prove who was driving.

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Whoever was driving has escaped justice this time.

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But that's not the case for the two men arrested

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outside the nightclub in Dunstable.

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They're being hauled into custody to give their stories.

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I'm not fighting.

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I'm not fighting anyone, please be careful.

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He was very up and down, very hyperactive.

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I think he was more misunderstood. Yeah.

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He hadn't done anything wrong, he was saying.

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We were left alone, initially, in the interview room

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and he started to get a little bit more resistant towards me,

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so I had to get another unit to come in.

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But he was searched, and a small amount of cannabis was found on him.

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-It's for medicinal purposes, he says.

-Prescribed for it.

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-I can't get to sleep without.

-Super.

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You get these at chemists, do you?

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-I'm obviously going to the wrong chemist.

-Right, don't take the piss.

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OK, we're going to take these cuffs off slowly.

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Outside, Ian's taking no chances with his prisoner.

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That's called the step that I warned you about.

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-All right, go in round that way.

-I'm not going nowhere.

-I know.

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-Not gripping you hard, am I?

-You don't need to hold my arms up.

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-I do need to hold your arms. Hey, do that again.

-Yeah?

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All right, if you're going to play it like that,

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then you're coming straight in.

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You've got to control him and for your safety, primarily,

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but then also for his safety,

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because what you don't want to do is suddenly let him go.

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He tries to turn round, run away

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and he falls flat on his face with his hands cuffed to the rear.

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If they've got an opportunity to go at you

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and they want to go at you, they'll try and do it.

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HE LAUGHS

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-BLEEP

-find the whole things a little bit hilarious.

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No, that's all right.

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Right, back up in the bending down position.

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Swing his legs round that way.

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-All right, Derek.

-Yeah.

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Purely because of what you said out there in terms of your little reaction,

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I don't want any more of that, all right?

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That's a similar thing to what I was just talking about.

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What difference does it make...?

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As soon as you arrest somebody, you're responsible for them

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and even though they might be giving you all the abuse

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under the sun, you still have to look after them.

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-Stay like that, don't move.

-Oh, shut up.

-Nice. Thank you very much.

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14% of road deaths involve drivers over the drink drive limit.

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Frighteningly, more than a third of all drivers admit to driving

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the morning after a heavy night before.

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Hello.

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Er, kind of, Paul.

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What they don't often realise is that they can still be

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well over the limit.

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Yeah.

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However it's a problem the traffic cops are all too well aware of.

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We were on our way to Luton and got a call from the Inspector.

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I've stopped a car, have you got a breath kit, can you come

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and just assist me, please? I haven't got anything with me.

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Yeah, we'll be with you in about three minutes.

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It's the morning rush hour in Kempston, near Bedford.

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There's two, two or three schools within that area.

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At that time of day, there's a lot of people,

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a lot of pedestrian traffic. There's a lot of cars as well.

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There he is.

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The suspected early morning drink driver

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pulled over by Chris and Keith's boss is a female.

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It's a lady.

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I can't seem to put me finger on it,

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but women are quite bad for drink driving.

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In my dad's day, it used to be working men, knock off early

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on a Friday and still - builders still do it now, don't they?

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They call it POETS day.

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They go to the pub, but more and more women are doing it.

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Cos you pulled out, I caused you to stop.

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Because you're driving's so hesitant when I pulled you over, you hit...

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you hit the kerb and I'm required to do a breath test

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because your eyes are glazed. I've got a feeling you're impaired.

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The constable's going to do a breath test.

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When I just got near the window of the car, I could smell what

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I would class as stale alcohol.

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Being stopped by the police has taken the woman's breath away.

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That, that's not blowing, is it?

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All that will do is get yourself arrested.

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Give yourself a chance, all right, hold on, look. Watch me.

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It's to their advantage to blow,

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although she probably didn't think so.

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Deep breath and blow. Keep blowing, keep blowing, keep blowing.

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OK, that's all right, it's taken it. It's just analysing it.

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The reading has taken Keith's breath away.

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She scored 149, which was a very high score. It says fail, OK?

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So I will tell you now that you are under arrest

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on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol in your body.

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You don't have to say anything,

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but it may harm your defence if you don't mention,

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when questioned, something which you later rely on in court.

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And anything you do say may be given in evidence. OK?

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So what will happen now is we'll go back to the police station

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at Greyfriars, you'll get the chance then to blow on another

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machine and it'll be the analysing of that sample that will decide

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whether you're over or under the legal limit.

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It's not only the woman that's worse for wear. So were her tyres.

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This one's really, really low, so it's below the minimum depth.

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Minimum depth is 1.6 millimetres and look, the tyre's actually starting

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to split where she's used it so much and she's not replaced it.

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I was just shocked. I've not seen tyres like that for a long time.

0:18:430:18:48

And she's drunk. I'm lost for words.

0:18:480:18:52

I can't believe how stupid and irresponsible she is.

0:18:520:18:56

Drink driving has gone down, I believe, but there are still

0:18:560:18:58

people who ignore the law and the fact is, you know, 2,500...

0:18:580:19:02

2,500 people die on our roads every year

0:19:020:19:04

and it's too many, and drink driving's a massive factor in that.

0:19:040:19:07

That was in the foot well, so that might explain a lot of it.

0:19:070:19:10

She's probably called at the shop where she'd pulled out in front of

0:19:100:19:15

the Inspector having just purchased a half bottle of scotch that she

0:19:150:19:20

had with her and then perhaps had a top up for her breakfast.

0:19:200:19:24

Having blown 149,

0:19:250:19:28

it's going to be a while before the woman is sober enough to be charged.

0:19:280:19:32

She might be needing her toothbrush at the nick.

0:19:320:19:34

She's going to be in all day and most of the night.

0:19:340:19:37

Your emotions cloud your judgement,

0:19:390:19:41

so you try to remain calm all the time.

0:19:410:19:43

But inside, I was really angry with her for having

0:19:450:19:49

the audacity to be that drunk.

0:19:490:19:51

OK, do you want to put your seatbelt on for me?

0:19:540:19:57

When it comes to getting behind the wheel,

0:19:570:19:59

having consumed alcohol, my sympathy soon wears out

0:19:590:20:02

because actually my wife got hit

0:20:020:20:04

by a drink driver and he slammed straight into her at speed.

0:20:040:20:08

He wrote both cars off and her shoulder's never recovered properly.

0:20:080:20:11

As I came down, there were two mums with red buggies with toddlers in.

0:20:110:20:14

Now, I've got a police car which is Battenburged up with blue lights,

0:20:140:20:20

bright white, yellow and blue, she didn't even see my car,

0:20:200:20:23

pulled out causing me to stop.

0:20:230:20:25

Now, if that car had gone further forward and hit those kiddies

0:20:250:20:27

and those prams, then we're not looking at drink drive,

0:20:270:20:30

we're looking at fatality, so actually, I'm really happy.

0:20:300:20:33

-It was a good result. One unsafe driver off the road.

-Hello, sir.

0:20:330:20:36

All right, boss.

0:20:360:20:37

She was arrested and taken in our patrol car down to the police

0:20:410:20:46

station cos the Inspector had a meeting to go to,

0:20:460:20:49

so we actually dealt with her and processed her

0:20:490:20:52

and then Chris put her onto the breath machine.

0:20:520:20:57

Go. Keep going, keep going. Watch the little bar.

0:20:570:21:01

Try and see if you can trip it over.

0:21:010:21:03

MACHINE BEEPS Yep, you're done.

0:21:040:21:06

-Right, do you need to sit down now?

-No, I'm all right.

0:21:060:21:09

Well, you can do, because that's it, it's all over. All right. Well done.

0:21:090:21:13

It'll go through a check sequence

0:21:130:21:17

and then it will all flash

0:21:170:21:20

and then it will show you two readings, all right?

0:21:200:21:24

Basically, the legal limit is 35, but they don't take any action

0:21:240:21:28

till it gets to 40, OK?

0:21:280:21:30

-So you're hoping that one of those readings will show 39.

-OK.

0:21:300:21:34

-Do you think it will show that low?

-Hopefully, yeah.

-Yeah?

0:21:360:21:39

Fingers crossed.

0:21:390:21:42

Yeah. It's just there.

0:21:440:21:46

-If you want to just shut the door behind you.

-Oh, thank you.

0:21:460:21:49

-That's going up.

-159, 166.

0:21:550:21:59

That's a very high reading.

0:21:590:22:02

Well over four times over the legal drink drive limit.

0:22:020:22:05

She actually blew higher at the station, which suggests that

0:22:050:22:09

she'd probably had a drink from that bottle before she'd pulled off.

0:22:090:22:14

-That's the most I've ever seen. You?

-I've seen, yeah, about that before.

0:22:140:22:19

HE GASPS That's...

0:22:190:22:21

How she's walking, I don't know.

0:22:210:22:24

The first time you come across things, you always are aghast

0:22:240:22:28

and just can't believe people are that irresponsible.

0:22:280:22:33

-You're joking!

-No, no.

0:22:330:22:35

The woman is going to have to spend at least eight hours locked up

0:22:350:22:38

before she's sober enough to be charged.

0:22:380:22:41

-If you think that what could have happened...

-Yeah, all right. Yeah.

0:22:430:22:47

She went out and drove like that!

0:22:470:22:49

She's...she's a walking death machine.

0:22:490:22:52

Do you want a cup of tea?

0:22:520:22:54

-No, a glass of water, please.

-A glass of water.

0:22:540:22:57

All right, we'll get some water. All right, cheerio.

0:22:570:23:00

In Luton, the police have a little extra help to fight crime.

0:23:080:23:12

A network of over 120 CCTV cameras

0:23:120:23:15

that rather than just gather evidence,

0:23:150:23:18

are monitored around the clock with a direct link

0:23:180:23:21

to the police, so offenders can be caught in the act.

0:23:210:23:24

These people caught on camera with the green van haven't come

0:23:260:23:30

to Sainsbury's to do their shopping.

0:23:300:23:32

They're helping themselves to clothes left for charities.

0:23:320:23:36

The control room operator is in direct contact with PC Ian Leeson.

0:23:430:23:47

-And is directing him in.

-Yes, yes, that's a left towards the town.

0:23:490:23:53

It's a green Ford Transit, P reg.

0:23:530:23:56

It's believed to be involved in theft of charity boxes

0:23:560:23:59

from Sainsbury's.

0:23:590:24:02

Eastern Europeans possibly onboard.

0:24:020:24:05

Ian's not taking the call lightly.

0:24:060:24:08

It's one of those incidents where you hear the nature of it

0:24:080:24:11

come over and you think, no, I'm going to that because at the

0:24:110:24:15

end of the day, somebody's taken the time to give up their possessions.

0:24:150:24:18

They've given them to a charity and taken their time to do it

0:24:180:24:21

and the charity are doing something good for people at the very

0:24:210:24:24

far end of it who are expecting these goods.

0:24:240:24:26

It's not affecting just one person,

0:24:260:24:28

it's affecting the person who had the good will to hand it over

0:24:280:24:31

in the first place, the charity that's trying to organise it

0:24:310:24:33

and fundamentally, the person at the end of the line.

0:24:330:24:36

There's no mistaking the suspect's bright green van.

0:24:360:24:40

SIREN BLARES

0:24:400:24:42

What I want you to do is go down that road and pull in, all right?

0:24:420:24:47

RADIO OFFICER: Turning left now across the traffic going...

0:24:500:24:53

Juliet 12, I'm with it now.

0:24:550:24:57

-How are you doing? How many people are in your van?

-Sorry?

0:25:060:25:09

-How many people?

-People?

-You, phone, down, please. Yeah, end of call.

0:25:090:25:15

No, stop, oi, stop back in your van, wait there for me.

0:25:150:25:22

-Just give me your keys.

-Yes, boss.

-I'll explain why in a second.

0:25:220:25:27

It's something to do with an allegation that you might

0:25:270:25:29

have taken something that doesn't belong to you.

0:25:290:25:32

-What?

-Yes. Charity bags. OK.

-Bags?

-Charity bags.

0:25:320:25:38

So if you just step out for me for a second.

0:25:380:25:41

I'm going to pop these on you.

0:25:410:25:43

No, don't put your hands up there, pop them down by your side,

0:25:490:25:51

I'm not going to shoot you.

0:25:510:25:52

It's one of the more surreal moments

0:25:520:25:54

when you ask a driver to get out the vehicle and he turns round

0:25:540:25:56

and puts his hands in the air and you just think, no, not in England.

0:25:560:25:59

Just put them down by your side, I'll be happy with that.

0:25:590:26:01

-No, round the front.

-Sorry.

-That's all right.

0:26:010:26:06

Come over here for a second.

0:26:060:26:08

-I'm only handcuffing you cos I want to search your vehicle.

-What?

0:26:080:26:12

Right. You just sit in there for a minute while I look in your vehicle.

0:26:140:26:17

OK, yes, sir.

0:26:170:26:18

The men are from Romania and don't appear to speak much English.

0:26:180:26:21

The language barrier became apparent quite quickly

0:26:210:26:24

and it makes it very difficult then to obviously get the message across.

0:26:240:26:27

The man in the green van's been caught red handed.

0:26:270:26:30

That'll be the charity bags.

0:26:320:26:34

And you never know with jobs like this

0:26:340:26:36

whether or not there's more to it.

0:26:360:26:37

And it's PC Knight's passed the details over the air

0:26:370:26:40

and it came back that the gentleman he'd detained was actually wanted.

0:26:400:26:44

Sorry boss, what happened? You tell me now.

0:26:440:26:49

-Where did you get those bags from, the clothes?

-The house, coming...

0:26:490:26:53

-The house?

-Yes, collect.

-Are you being honest with me?

-No.

-Not lying?

0:26:530:26:58

-No lie. I coming.

-Promise?

-Promise to God.

-Promise you're not lying.

0:26:580:27:01

Coming lot to people. OK.

0:27:010:27:02

I'll speak to somebody that will tell me

0:27:020:27:04

whether you're lying or you're being honest.

0:27:040:27:06

-Yes, boss, no problem. No problem.

-Don't panic.

-Yes, boss.

0:27:060:27:11

The man's got no idea he was seen by a CCTV operator.

0:27:130:27:16

What information have we got regarding these charity bags?

0:27:160:27:19

We were watching them on CCTV, remember?

0:27:190:27:22

HE LAUGHS

0:27:220:27:24

-Copied, and where were they?

-Sainsbury's, down the road.

0:27:240:27:28

Are we sure that they are charity bags, because he's stating

0:27:330:27:36

that they're clothing belonging to somebody that he knows.

0:27:360:27:38

Yeah, we just confirmed the CCTV.

0:27:380:27:41

-They're definitely taking them out of the charity thing.

-Copied.

0:27:410:27:46

-So we have got footage of them removing it from the bin?

-Yes.

0:27:460:27:50

Wonderful. That will be two in, then.

0:27:500:27:52

You could say it's a minor thing,

0:27:520:27:54

it's some clothes which somebody's thrown away.

0:27:540:27:56

But they haven't thrown them away.

0:27:560:27:57

They've given them away for a specific reason

0:27:570:27:59

and that's to help somebody else out and I don't believe

0:27:590:28:02

they had the right to take that person's clothes away.

0:28:020:28:04

Stealing from charities is not a laughing matter,

0:28:040:28:08

although it seems to be to the Romanian.

0:28:080:28:10

-What's your name?

-Angelo, sir.

-Right.

0:28:100:28:14

You weren't honest with me. They don't belong to you.

0:28:180:28:21

-They got - coming - coming in the car, too.

-OK.

0:28:230:28:27

Do you want to know something? Before you dig yourself a hole

0:28:270:28:29

and say anything else, I'm going to caution you.

0:28:290:28:31

HE RECITES THE CAUTION

0:28:310:28:33

I'm cautioning you because at this moment in time you're now

0:28:350:28:38

under arrest for theft of those charity bags.

0:28:380:28:41

-You're telling me that they've come from a house. Correct?

-No.

0:28:410:28:45

I don't need to because in this wonderful day and age

0:28:450:28:48

we've got things called CCTV cameras, right?

0:28:480:28:51

-Which have just seen you.

-Yes.

-What do you mean yes?

0:28:510:28:55

I haven't told you what they've seen yet.

0:28:550:28:57

The problem getting the clothes there, possible tell me what.

0:28:570:29:01

Those clothes were out of a charity bin.

0:29:010:29:04

-Yes, boss.

-So they didn't belong to you.

0:29:040:29:06

Sorry. Me no...

0:29:060:29:08

This...the clothes. No, no...

0:29:080:29:12

-The house, the door please possible take this one. Yes.

-No.

0:29:120:29:16

You've gone down to Sainsbury's

0:29:160:29:17

and you've been seen to take those bags out of the charity bin.

0:29:170:29:21

-No, possible.

-Yes.

-No, sorry.

0:29:210:29:24

Possible they come...something... the doors.

0:29:240:29:28

Next to the charity bin. OK. As I say, that's what's been seen,

0:29:280:29:31

that's what you're under arrest for so we're going to get you to the police station now

0:29:310:29:35

and you'll be dealt with for it, OK?

0:29:350:29:37

Just watch your legs.

0:29:370:29:38

'He's denying it, stating that they're actually

0:29:380:29:40

clothes from his house or belonging to a friend of his.

0:29:400:29:43

There's a slight language barrier but he gets the gist of obviously why he's under arrest.

0:29:430:29:47

I don't think he's been entirely truthful with me

0:29:470:29:49

and he probably won't be when he gets back to the station.

0:29:490:29:52

But if the CCTV's as good as they say, he's banged to rights.

0:29:520:29:55

It's another sign of the times, perhaps,

0:29:550:29:58

that people are turning to scavenging for a living.

0:29:580:30:02

There are the two gentlemen I've stopped as well as several of the ladies, some children

0:30:020:30:05

and it was almost like a family outing down there,

0:30:050:30:08

or a group of friends.

0:30:080:30:09

They've obviously gone along with the intention

0:30:090:30:11

of gaining or grabbing as many clothes and items as they could that day.

0:30:110:30:15

And he's smiling away quite happy in the back of his car.

0:30:150:30:18

No remorse whatsoever at this moment in time.

0:30:180:30:21

We'll see if we can have his vehicle off him as well,

0:30:210:30:23

but he has got insurance, we'll have to have a quick look round

0:30:230:30:26

and see if it meets the requirements to actually be on the road

0:30:260:30:28

or whether it's in a dangerous and unsuitable condition.

0:30:280:30:31

It's going to be interesting, especially if this footage is as clear as they say.

0:30:310:30:35

I'll just move this slightly down here, mate, if you can just keep an eye on it.

0:30:350:30:39

Just the high performance vehicle I thought it was.

0:30:460:30:48

The passenger, wanted for another offence, and the driver

0:30:480:30:51

are both going to be questioned back at the police station.

0:30:510:30:54

Twenty miles north of Luton in Bedford, Chris is out with PC Tanveer Hussain.

0:30:590:31:04

Mondeos everywhere, but not the one that we want.

0:31:050:31:07

They're on the prowl with ANPR.

0:31:090:31:11

Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment

0:31:110:31:14

that's built into their unmarked patrol car.

0:31:140:31:16

Tan noticed this white van and it activated our ANPR.

0:31:160:31:23

The reader is linked to the Police National Computer

0:31:230:31:26

and flags up any suspicious vehicle.

0:31:260:31:29

Slow down. It's just turned right. See what he's doing.

0:31:290:31:32

Just go into the forecourt as if we're filling up. Here he is, look.

0:31:320:31:36

Burglaries. The van was linked to thefts in the Bedford area.

0:31:360:31:41

The man's a modern-day rag-and-bone man

0:31:410:31:44

who's also taken to scavenging for junk to make a bob or two.

0:31:440:31:48

His high-vis top gives him an air of officialdom

0:31:510:31:53

and a cover for committing petty crime in broad daylight.

0:31:530:31:58

If you put out road signs and cones

0:31:580:32:01

and close a road off, nobody asks any questions

0:32:010:32:03

and you walk around in a fluorescent jacket

0:32:030:32:05

and you've got a van with a yellow light on, they think you're official.

0:32:050:32:09

And they go down the road and they take all the drain covers.

0:32:090:32:12

-What is it?

-It's a cone.

0:32:120:32:14

It's not actually a cone, but an old post for cats to scratch on.

0:32:140:32:18

There you are, let's go and throw a few Fs at him

0:32:180:32:22

and get him to put it back.

0:32:220:32:23

Let's just see what he does, just for a couple of minutes.

0:32:230:32:26

-He's going to come out now.

-No, no, he's looking for more stuff.

0:32:260:32:29

See, him wearing that, I just don't want him to knock on someone's door.

0:32:290:32:33

Quite a few elderly people living in that block of flats.

0:32:330:32:37

He's looking for scrap metal to sell it on.

0:32:370:32:39

Get it weighed and get some money for it.

0:32:390:32:41

That's what they're really looking for.

0:32:410:32:43

-He's got something else, hasn't he?

-Yeah, that's what he was carrying.

0:32:430:32:46

It's mine now. We'll just get him to put it back. End of.

0:32:460:32:48

Chris and Tan are going to have a stern word.

0:32:480:32:50

It doesn't belong to him.

0:32:500:32:52

Whether somebody's thrown it out is irrelevant.

0:32:520:32:54

It doesn't belong to him.

0:32:540:32:55

Most probably his dad.

0:32:550:32:56

I decided that he was going to put it back.

0:33:000:33:02

-Hello, sir.

-Hello, sir.

-Jump out.

0:33:020:33:04

If you'd just take out what you'd put back in here

0:33:040:33:06

and put it back where you found it, because it doesn't belong to you.

0:33:060:33:09

-And then we can have a chat, please.

-What is it?

-Come on, I'll show you.

0:33:090:33:13

Right, for a start, put that back. That doesn't belong to you, OK?

0:33:180:33:21

-It was just left...

-Irrelevant, it doesn't belong to you.

0:33:210:33:24

So if you can put it back, please. Thank you very much, sir.

0:33:240:33:27

Do I have to do that?

0:33:290:33:31

If you can put it back by that gritter salt

0:33:310:33:34

to start off with, then we can go from there. Please.

0:33:340:33:37

When Tan told him to put what turned out...

0:33:370:33:39

we thought it was a battered cone...

0:33:390:33:41

to be a cat scratching post, back, he couldn't believe it.

0:33:410:33:45

While the man returns the cat scratching post,

0:33:490:33:51

Chris is scratching around with the lady's bingo cards.

0:33:510:33:56

-Did you win anything?

-Don't think so.

0:33:560:33:58

Three in a row. Pound, is it?

0:33:580:34:00

Have you asked anybody that you could take it?

0:34:010:34:03

I shouted up to the old boy and he said it's nothing, you know.

0:34:030:34:06

No, you didn't. I've been watching you from there.

0:34:060:34:08

You didn't shout up at no-one, sir.

0:34:080:34:10

-I did, if you watched me you'd have seen it.

-No, no.

0:34:100:34:12

Absolutely not, sir. I'm sorry.

0:34:120:34:14

You go through all the grief for a bit of plastic stuff like that?

0:34:140:34:16

It's put back. I'm happy. End of.

0:34:160:34:18

At no time did he speak to anybody,

0:34:180:34:20

so the fact that he was lying straightaway

0:34:200:34:22

didn't go down too well.

0:34:220:34:23

They leave them outside for the scrap man.

0:34:240:34:26

It's a case of one man's trash is another's treasure.

0:34:260:34:28

If you've got permission to have it, I haven't got a problem with it, sir.

0:34:280:34:32

It might be stuff that people have thrown out, but having said that,

0:34:320:34:35

you still need a licence to collect items from the road

0:34:350:34:38

or from gardens, so I'm fairly confident he didn't have a licence.

0:34:380:34:43

I can smell alcohol, sir,

0:34:430:34:44

so because of that I require you to provide

0:34:440:34:46

a sample of breath for roadside analysis.

0:34:460:34:49

I must remind you that failing to do so or refusing to do so

0:34:490:34:51

could lead to your arrest.

0:34:510:34:52

-Do you agree to do this, sir?

-Of course I'll do that.

0:34:520:34:55

Thank you very much. Have you done one of these before?

0:34:550:34:57

-I have, long...many years ago.

-OK, did you pass it, no problems?

0:34:570:35:02

I wouldn't mind, we don't even drink.

0:35:020:35:04

Bite down hard and blow until I tell you to stop. Big breaths. Go.

0:35:040:35:08

Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. Thank you.

0:35:090:35:13

There you go. That's something you can have.

0:35:130:35:16

Zero.

0:35:230:35:24

-You can smell alcohol off of me?

-I can smell alcohol.

0:35:240:35:26

I think you want to blow into one of them, mate.

0:35:260:35:29

-Excuse me, he's taken these, he's a diabetic.

-Right, OK.

0:35:290:35:32

-If I can smell alcohol, then I can request it.

-He got a heart attack.

0:35:320:35:35

So I don't think he'll drink.

0:35:350:35:37

Some people tell me that they don't drink and they have had a drink,

0:35:370:35:40

so my job is to believe nobody...

0:35:400:35:41

-These are to keep his sugar level up.

-..and be suspicious.

0:35:410:35:44

The couple are free to go.

0:35:440:35:46

Having looked in the back of his van,

0:35:460:35:48

he'd clearly been to a lot of places before we caught up with him.

0:35:480:35:51

So anything with a bit of metal in it, he'll have it

0:35:510:35:55

and he'll put it in the back of the van.

0:35:550:35:57

Sorry, I just wanted to... I just wanted him to put it back,

0:35:590:36:01

-just out of principle, that's all it was.

-No, I understand.

0:36:010:36:04

Back in Luton,

0:36:040:36:06

the Romanian rag rustlers have arrived at the police station.

0:36:060:36:11

He wasn't bothered.

0:36:110:36:12

It's just that he didn't want to admit to me

0:36:120:36:14

that he knew he'd done wrong and he knew he shouldn't have taken them.

0:36:140:36:17

Possible no look at that camera.

0:36:170:36:20

Listen, I have to look at the camera.

0:36:200:36:22

I don't just arrest people for driving clapped-out green transit vans.

0:36:220:36:28

-I don't know, possible look. Stolen.

-Give me your hands.

0:36:280:36:33

Let's start with this.

0:36:330:36:34

The cops have an answer to the language barrier.

0:36:340:36:37

-It's a dial-up service called the Language Line.

-Thank you.

0:36:370:36:41

-Which language are you requesting?

-Romanian.

0:36:410:36:43

Translators fluent in any chosen language

0:36:430:36:46

are available 24 hours a day.

0:36:460:36:50

All custody suites, any officer that's out on patrol as well, can use it.

0:36:500:36:53

'It's invaluable. Especially in roads policing.'

0:36:530:36:56

Hello? Hello? Hello.

0:36:560:37:00

Hello, interpreter, we've got the second person here now.

0:37:000:37:03

Ask him how much he's had to drink tonight, please.

0:37:030:37:06

TRANSLATOR ASKS THE MAN

0:37:060:37:08

BLEEP.

0:37:100:37:12

Something's gotten a little lost in translation.

0:37:120:37:14

What's...what's he saying?

0:37:180:37:19

OK. Thank you for your services.

0:37:250:37:27

I'm going to terminate this call and put him straight into a cell,

0:37:270:37:30

because obviously you don't need to take this kind of abuse, OK.

0:37:300:37:33

The custody sergeant dealt with that quite swiftly, I think.

0:37:330:37:36

-Take this one to ME level.

-Yeah.

-Hello?

-Angelo. This way.

0:37:410:37:45

He was taken straight to his cell after that,

0:37:460:37:49

because if he's not going to treat the operator with respect,

0:37:490:37:53

then she's not paid to deal with that sort of thing.

0:37:530:37:55

Shoes.

0:37:550:37:57

It's not been quite the rags-to-riches story

0:37:570:37:59

the Romanian had been hoping for.

0:37:590:38:01

OK, if you need anything there's a buzzer just there, all right?

0:38:040:38:08

Press the buzzer.

0:38:080:38:09

-Ah...

-HE SPEAKS INCOHERENTLY

0:38:090:38:11

Thank you.

0:38:120:38:13

Most people who drive over the prescribed limit do so after dark.

0:38:210:38:26

Most traffic cops regard them as the biggest danger on the roads.

0:38:260:38:31

For Chris and Tan, catching them

0:38:350:38:38

is just about the most important part of their job.

0:38:380:38:40

We're known as the OPL disqualified driver boys.

0:38:420:38:45

Because that's all we target. We arrest practically every shift.

0:38:450:38:49

It just... It's our passion to go and get those people.

0:38:490:38:54

RADIO CHATTER

0:38:570:38:59

-A report is coming in of an accident.

-Yes, positive, over.

0:39:000:39:05

Thank you, over.

0:39:150:39:17

SIREN BLARES

0:39:170:39:19

It involves a single vehicle on a fast dual carriageway.

0:39:190:39:23

Whenever that happens, thoughts turn to wheels falling off,

0:39:230:39:26

or more likely, drivers that have been drinking.

0:39:260:39:29

Between the BP and the Marsh Leys roundabout.

0:39:290:39:32

Move over! There's another lane!

0:39:320:39:34

A whole lane!

0:39:340:39:35

Thank you!

0:39:350:39:37

Chris is quite new to traffic and getting to the scene of accident

0:39:440:39:47

as fast as possible is still one of the best bits about the job.

0:39:470:39:51

He can get excited, bless him. It'll soon wear off.

0:39:510:39:54

Any better location reference for the RTC, is it east or westbound?

0:40:010:40:05

No, it's up there.

0:40:050:40:06

It's about three miles from the M1, it's a new stretch

0:40:060:40:09

of carriageway which has only been up about...about a year now.

0:40:090:40:13

It's not far from the Wootton junction

0:40:130:40:16

-and I think we've come across it.

-Oh, it's hit the ditch.

0:40:160:40:18

It's hit that and it's bounced off and it's hit everything else and bounced off.

0:40:180:40:22

OK.

0:40:220:40:23

There's an ambulance here already,

0:40:230:40:25

but there aren't any casualties to be found.

0:40:250:40:28

By the time we turned up, the occupants had left the vehicle

0:40:280:40:31

and had run off across the field.

0:40:310:40:32

We've had a decamp...

0:40:320:40:34

It's a familiar situation for the cops.

0:40:340:40:37

A smashed vehicle, and for whatever reason,

0:40:370:40:39

the people in it have not wanted to hang about.

0:40:390:40:41

I'll try and you get you a description shortly.

0:40:410:40:44

You can see where he's hit it.

0:40:440:40:45

Oh, yeah, he saw it up there, he swerved, he's hit the barrier,

0:40:450:40:48

spun around and hit this and ended up here.

0:40:480:40:50

The car's a mess.

0:40:500:40:52

The car had just veered to the left, hit the ditch,

0:40:520:40:56

and then veered sharply to the right and then hit the concrete barrier.

0:40:560:41:01

And then gone smack, back into the barrier on the left

0:41:010:41:05

and then spun around.

0:41:050:41:08

Severe front end damage. If you can arrange immediate recovery, please.

0:41:080:41:13

Fortunately some road workers are able to point out which way

0:41:130:41:16

the two men went.

0:41:160:41:18

-Over there and over that way, yeah.

-Towards Milton Keynes.

0:41:180:41:23

One of them's got tattoos all over his arms.

0:41:230:41:25

Basically they wanted a lift and they've jumped over the fence

0:41:250:41:29

and headed over that way, so... and we said, you know,

0:41:290:41:31

you should ring the police and wait till someone turns up.

0:41:310:41:34

-They weren't really interested about that, so.

-Yeah.

0:41:340:41:37

So it's either not their car or there's something amiss.

0:41:370:41:40

Yeah, roughly which way did you see them go off?

0:41:400:41:43

Over there, onto the road.

0:41:430:41:44

-Can you see anybody over there at the moment?

-No, mate. They've gone.

0:41:440:41:47

-That's where they've gone.

-Did you actually see the accident happen?

0:41:470:41:50

-No. No, no. We just must have missed it. Just missed it. Just missed it.

-All right.

0:41:500:41:54

With fields stretching into the distance,

0:41:540:41:56

this is clearly a job for X-ray Alpha 99.

0:41:560:42:00

We were lucky. The helicopter was available and the dog was nearby.

0:42:000:42:05

So he was on the scene within minutes.

0:42:050:42:08

So we've been here about five, so ten in total.

0:42:080:42:11

Yeah, that's what I was going to say.

0:42:130:42:15

Hang on, mate, I've got a passenger that's just arrived.

0:42:150:42:19

Where is the best place for him to be?

0:42:190:42:20

The canine is called Paolo.

0:42:200:42:22

He's a Hertfordshire dog, but he hails from Liverpool.

0:42:220:42:25

As soon as the dog started to track and the helicopter was there,

0:42:250:42:29

I looked behind me, we had Highways there,

0:42:290:42:32

we had the ambulance on the scene, we had our car with the flashing lights.

0:42:320:42:36

Tan was in the field with dog and they were starting to go.

0:42:360:42:40

I thought, "I'm not hanging around here, I'm going to get myself a baddie!"

0:42:400:42:43

That's only if Paolo and his handler, PC Chris Conneely,

0:42:430:42:47

don't get them first.

0:42:470:42:49

Casting across the area between the two roads,

0:42:490:42:52

which was sort of rough ground, he picked up the track.

0:42:520:42:55

But there's a complication. The field is full of cows.

0:42:550:42:59

His head come up and he thought, "About 20 cows to chase here."

0:42:590:43:03

But in all fairness to the dog, he carried on with his track.

0:43:030:43:08

-HELICOPTER OFFICER

-: At the next hedgerow ahead of you,

0:43:140:43:16

you then want to turn left

0:43:160:43:17

and follow that down to the corner of the field.

0:43:170:43:20

There's a small bush there

0:43:200:43:21

and we've got two heat sources under the bush.

0:43:210:43:23

The offenders were hiding in a ditch in amongst the undergrowth,

0:43:230:43:26

to make it a bit more difficult

0:43:260:43:28

for the thermal imager camera equipment to find,

0:43:280:43:31

but not impossible.

0:43:310:43:33

We need to be this side.

0:43:340:43:36

Once you get through the gap, there's another hedgerow on your right,

0:43:360:43:39

you need to get through that hedgerow as well.

0:43:390:43:41

-It's an electric fence, Chris.

-Eh?

-It's an electric fence, that one.

0:43:410:43:45

Yeah, to the right. Pull that up, will you?

0:43:450:43:49

He's tracked their general route because he's going towards them.

0:43:490:43:52

The dog, despite being electrocuted, which made it very cross,

0:43:520:43:57

was onto a track.

0:43:570:43:59

A good direction of travel at the moment for you, Delta Six.

0:43:590:44:02

You've still got about a good 75-100 metres to go.

0:44:020:44:05

The thermal imaging camera has picked out two people

0:44:060:44:08

and they're hiding up to their necks in a drainage ditch.

0:44:080:44:12

But despite that, Paolo is onto their scent.

0:44:120:44:15

He was born to be a police dog. He loves coming to work.

0:44:160:44:19

That sector's about four yards ahead of the dog.

0:44:190:44:22

He loves tracking and searching and chasing people. Don't get too close.

0:44:220:44:26

Sorry, apologise.

0:44:260:44:27

'I got a bit close. It's that adrenalin rush.

0:44:270:44:31

'You know, you want to be with the dog man should he find these individuals'

0:44:310:44:34

so you can detain them.

0:44:340:44:36

But at the same time you've just got to hold back

0:44:360:44:38

and let the dog do its job.

0:44:380:44:39

The undergrowth at the end of the field is extremely dense.

0:44:390:44:43

-OVER RADIO:

-They're lying down just slightly to your right, about half a metre.

0:44:450:44:50

'There was an electric intensity in the air,

0:44:500:44:52

'the sense of the hunt was palpable.

0:44:520:44:56

You knew we were going to catch them.

0:44:560:44:58

I understood what a bloodhound felt when it was on a hunt.

0:44:580:45:02

-ROARING

-Stay there! Get up! Police officer!

0:45:020:45:05

Paolo's got his teeth into something.

0:45:050:45:07

I just heard this almighty scream and thought, "OK, that is them."

0:45:070:45:10

-Stay there. Where's your mate?

-BLEEP.

-Where's your mate?

0:45:100:45:15

Stay still. Stay still.

0:45:150:45:17

SCREAMING

0:45:170:45:20

Come up, come up, come out there, mate. Come on.

0:45:200:45:22

I weigh a bit more than the dog, so when I went down the bank,

0:45:220:45:25

I went headfirst, landed flat on my face, covered in water.

0:45:250:45:28

Well, as I'm basically picking myself up out of the water,

0:45:280:45:31

the dog's already gone through now to where it has actually

0:45:310:45:33

located one of these fellas.

0:45:330:45:35

Unfortunately for the men, his bite is worse than his bark.

0:45:370:45:41

-Hand! Leave! Leave!

-Where are you, mate?

0:45:410:45:44

Come this way. Come this way.

0:45:440:45:47

Come this way, or else you'll get bitten. Come on. Come on.

0:45:470:45:52

Come on, we'll look at these wounds for you.

0:45:520:45:55

Well, you could have at least moved out of the way,

0:45:550:45:58

-you were going to fall down.

-They got one, stand by.

0:45:580:46:03

-Where are you bitten?

-My arm.

-OK.

0:46:030:46:06

-Am I BLEEP kidding you?

-OK.

-I ain't BLEEP kidding you.

0:46:060:46:08

-Right,

-OK. Leave him, leave him! Leave!

-SCREAMING

0:46:080:46:15

The second man's also proving to be quite tasty.

0:46:180:46:21

We're having a tussle trying to get him out and the dog was pulling him back in.

0:46:210:46:24

Hello, number two's got his hands up.

0:46:240:46:28

Took a chunk out of one of his legs

0:46:280:46:29

and the other one caught him in the arm and the leg as well.

0:46:290:46:32

I'll get you some paramedic help. Listen.

0:46:320:46:33

-I ain't BLEEP going anywhere.

-Yes, you are.

0:46:330:46:35

If you want some help or any medical assistance, they're coming this way.

0:46:350:46:39

-Oh, my God.

-You sit here longer, you're going to get hypothermia.

0:46:390:46:42

-Oh, my God, man.

-Wake up and listen to me.

0:46:420:46:44

You're going to get hypothermia if you stay here.

0:46:440:46:46

Stand up and let's get to the road now.

0:46:460:46:48

And the thermal imaging camera on the helicopter will pick out

0:46:480:46:52

an ant's body heat, so there was no way they were going to get away from it.

0:46:520:46:57

And the dog did its job beautifully.

0:46:570:46:59

-Sorry, what's your name?

-BLEEP!

-Dan.

-Dan. Leave him. OK.

0:46:590:47:03

DOG BARKS

0:47:030:47:05

People say, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

0:47:060:47:09

If you don't want to get bitten, then don't, you know,

0:47:090:47:12

try and escape from a police dog.

0:47:120:47:14

There's nothing stopping you going in handcuffs at the moment.

0:47:140:47:17

And you are under arrest on suspicion of TWOC.

0:47:170:47:20

You're under arrest on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent, OK.

0:47:200:47:23

HE RECITES THE CAUTION

0:47:230:47:25

Right, Tanny, I'm with you.

0:47:300:47:33

Trying to get to work, mate, that's all.

0:47:330:47:35

-You're trying to get to work?

-Yeah.

-OK.

-We're not criminals, mate.

0:47:350:47:39

Running away from an accident

0:47:390:47:40

and hiding in a ditch would seem to suggest otherwise to the cops.

0:47:400:47:44

Who's got a torch?

0:47:440:47:46

40 miles away in Hertfordshire, there's been another car crash.

0:47:470:47:52

Ben Harper is racing there with PC Jackie Miles.

0:47:520:47:55

She's been in the force for 21 years, and seen a few changes.

0:48:020:48:06

When I joined, I had to wear a skirt all the time,

0:48:060:48:10

other than on nights between October and April.

0:48:100:48:13

It did inhibit you, if you needed to climb over a fence after somebody,

0:48:130:48:16

it wasn't always a pretty view.

0:48:160:48:18

Let's go.

0:48:180:48:19

It's go, go, go.

0:48:260:48:27

Two vehicles have collided head-on in the leafy town of Radlett.

0:48:280:48:33

I don't tend to deal with many incidents

0:48:330:48:36

within the Radlett area.

0:48:360:48:39

It's a very affluent and quite a quiet area.

0:48:390:48:42

Reports are suggesting one of the drivers, a woman,

0:48:430:48:46

is still in her car and legless.

0:48:460:48:49

Hello.

0:48:550:48:57

They were right.

0:48:570:48:58

-How are you?

-Listen, I completely admit this.

0:48:580:49:01

I was over the... I'm over the limit driving.

0:49:010:49:04

My mum lives round the corner and I was going to go and park my car.

0:49:040:49:07

-OK. And I'm...I admit it totally.

-OK, all right, no problem at all.

0:49:070:49:11

-I admit it. I'm sorry.

-I appreciate you being honest with me.

0:49:110:49:14

-I am totally over the limit. OK.

-All right, brilliant.

0:49:140:49:17

It's a first, for someone to be that candid towards me

0:49:170:49:20

about what they've actually done.

0:49:200:49:22

We need to do a breath test.

0:49:220:49:23

-I appreciate you've said you'd had a drink.

-I have.

0:49:230:49:25

But we need to have an idea of how much you've had to drink, OK?

0:49:250:49:28

-Yeah, that's fine.

-First of all, my main concern,

0:49:280:49:30

-are you injured at all?

-No, not at all.

0:49:300:49:32

-No, and you're absolutely fine?

-Fine, fine, fine.

0:49:320:49:35

-Were you the only person in the car?

-Absolutely.

0:49:350:49:37

-And you own the car, do you?

-I do.

-You do.

-Yes.

0:49:370:49:40

OK, no worries at all.

0:49:400:49:41

-Do you want to step out and come with me over to the car, then?

-Yes.

0:49:410:49:44

And we'll do a breath test with you.

0:49:440:49:46

'She'd already admitted that she was under the influence of alcohol.

0:49:460:49:49

'I could smell it on her

0:49:490:49:50

'and I could see from the way that she was walking and from her eyes,

0:49:500:49:54

'her eyes were quite glazed, that she'd had a few drinks.'

0:49:540:49:56

Have you, erm... When was the last time you had an alcoholic drink?

0:49:560:50:01

-Probably about half an hour ago.

-Half an hour ago?

-Yeah.

0:50:010:50:04

OK, I can smell it on you at the moment, so...

0:50:040:50:07

Yes, I've had a couple of glasses of wine.

0:50:070:50:09

OK, so it's half an hour ago you've last had a drink?

0:50:090:50:12

-And what was it you had to drink?

-Wine.

0:50:120:50:14

I like to try and get a breath sample from the side of the road

0:50:140:50:17

to give us an indication as to how much alcohol they've got.

0:50:170:50:20

'Because it sometimes negates the need to take them to custody.'

0:50:200:50:25

Keep going, keep going, keep going. Right, you're not blowing.

0:50:250:50:28

I am blowing. I'm blowing as hard as I can.

0:50:280:50:31

I need you to blow, OK, as if you're blowing a balloon up. OK.

0:50:310:50:35

-It's not difficult to do this. OK.

-OK. I'm sorry, I'm trying.

0:50:350:50:38

All right, OK. Nice big deep breath. Keep going.

0:50:380:50:43

-Right, you're...you're not blowing.

-I AM blowing.

-You're not.

-I am.

0:50:430:50:46

-You're not.

-I can hear you sucking.

0:50:460:50:48

-You're sucking it. The machine tells me you're sucking, OK.

-Oh.

0:50:480:50:51

'She definitely was sucking up the tube rather than blowing into it.'

0:50:510:50:55

I'm not so sure it was a deliberate act.

0:50:550:50:57

I just think she wasn't listening to what she was being told.

0:50:570:51:00

I don't know how to do this. I've never done this before.

0:51:000:51:04

-Have you blown a balloon up before?

-Yes. Of Course.

0:51:040:51:06

OK, that's all I'm asking you to do, OK, is take a nice big deep breath,

0:51:060:51:11

just like a straw and just keep blowing into the machine.

0:51:110:51:14

-Keep going, keep... No, you're sucking.

-OK. I'm not.

-MACHINE BEEPS

0:51:140:51:18

You're under arrest for failing to provide, OK,

0:51:180:51:20

a breath sample to me.

0:51:200:51:21

-I'm sorry, I've never done this before.

-And also driving a motor vehicle

0:51:210:51:24

whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

0:51:240:51:26

HE RECITES THE CAUTION

0:51:260:51:28

-Do you understand that?

-Yeah.

-OK, no problem at all.

0:51:330:51:36

-My colleague is just going to give you quick search.

-Amber.

0:51:360:51:39

Amber's getting a red card.

0:51:390:51:40

What happened is pretty much black and white.

0:51:400:51:43

So she's been coming down this way

0:51:430:51:45

as the Peugeot's been going up that way, and they've just...

0:51:450:51:48

this one's on the wrong side of the road...

0:51:480:51:50

crossed over and they've collided, unfortunately.

0:51:500:51:53

'The lady who's been drink driving

0:51:530:51:55

'in the 4x4 has been on the wrong side of the road,'

0:51:550:51:59

and therefore they've hit offside to offside.

0:51:590:52:02

The woman driving in the other car is shaken up,

0:52:020:52:05

but luckily not seriously hurt.

0:52:050:52:07

OK, are you aware that we've now got her arrested for drink drive?

0:52:070:52:10

I'm not surprised.

0:52:100:52:11

She'll be taken to Hatfield custody,

0:52:110:52:13

where we'll put her onto a bigger machine.

0:52:130:52:16

But we'll be in contact with you to let you know what happened.

0:52:160:52:19

'We had local officers that were on the scene.'

0:52:190:52:22

They remained with the other lady from the other vehicle

0:52:220:52:26

to allow us to be able to get to custody as soon as possible.

0:52:260:52:29

Back in Bedfordshire, Chris can barely contain his excitement.

0:52:350:52:38

Got them, chaps.

0:52:380:52:40

There's always a sense of jubilation when a good job comes together.

0:52:400:52:44

Yeah, they're over there, about three fields over.

0:52:440:52:47

-Laying in the river.

-Seriously?!

0:52:470:52:50

Yeah. Yeah, they were shattered.

0:52:500:52:51

Yeah, they were in the river and the helicopter got them,

0:52:510:52:54

and then the dog came in and they didn't move

0:52:540:52:56

so the dog decided to let them know it was there.

0:52:560:52:59

But we got them. Thanks for your help, chaps.

0:52:590:53:01

They're over by the double roundabouts on the old road.

0:53:040:53:07

They've both got dog bites.

0:53:070:53:08

Both to the legs, and one guy's got a bicep injury.

0:53:090:53:13

Dog's bit him a couple of times. Wouldn't let go. Shame.

0:53:130:53:16

-So...

-Do you need us to go and have a look at him?

-Please, because we're going to...

0:53:160:53:20

-If you take him to hospital, we'll follow you.

-Right.

0:53:200:53:22

Just to make sure they're all right, and then we'll sort our business out.

0:53:220:53:25

-We've got to go up to the Marsden to come off, haven't we?

-Yes.

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After the thrill of the chase, there's time to clear up

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a few of the finer points.

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Good track. Why didn't they get up?

0:53:320:53:35

Shame about the electric fence.

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-I mean, he's has a few zaps off that.

-That made me jump.

0:53:370:53:39

Yeah, gave me a few shocks as well. Good job it wasn't at that point.

0:53:390:53:43

Yeah, quite. Are you OK or are you soaking?

0:53:430:53:45

-Soaking, went headfirst in that.

-Oh, bless you!

0:53:450:53:47

Head to toe, everything is. So very satisfying to catch them.

0:53:470:53:51

-Do you get extra training for diving?!

-Yeah!

-THEY LAUGH

0:53:520:53:56

I should get extra money for it.

0:53:560:53:58

A chase is not normally that far.

0:53:580:54:00

I've only ever had a chase of a mile-and-a-half run after somebody.

0:54:000:54:05

But not that, three acres in a ditch across fields

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and fields and electric fences and dodging cattle.

0:54:100:54:12

One of the best jobs I've ever done.

0:54:120:54:14

The two men are off to hospital to have their various bite wounds looked at.

0:54:150:54:19

Yeah, that's nice.

0:54:190:54:21

-Thank you for that, mate.

-Right, come on.

0:54:210:54:23

Had they come quietly,

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Paolo would have restrained himself from having a little nibble.

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Been bitten myself and it does hurt, to it's one good reason

0:54:280:54:31

not really to ever challenge or run from a police dog.

0:54:310:54:34

Certainly give up when you're told to give up.

0:54:340:54:38

-The dog was on the money.

-Nearly had go at me.

0:54:380:54:42

Oh, is that dog that close?! Nearly took a chunk out me arse.

0:54:420:54:46

That would have hurt.

0:54:460:54:48

I had visions of him letting go of that dog

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and it just sort of coming after all of us.

0:54:500:54:52

I would have been the first one home.

0:54:520:54:54

I don't do dogs at all. I'm absolutely scared of them.

0:54:540:54:57

Once again, proving who exactly was at the wheel is a forlorn hope.

0:55:000:55:03

They both had come from Cambridge Hospital,

0:55:030:55:06

both plumbers doing some work there.

0:55:060:55:09

The chap that I was with admitted to being the driver.

0:55:090:55:12

However, we couldn't prove at the time who the driver was,

0:55:120:55:14

so they were both arrested on suspicion of taking without consent.

0:55:140:55:19

They were both breathalysed, they were both over.

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One of them was a disqualified driver

0:55:210:55:23

and the other one had no licence and no insurance.

0:55:230:55:26

So they were both dealt with and taken to the hospital.

0:55:260:55:28

Amber, who did come clean about being drunk after she crashed her car,

0:55:310:55:35

is going to have another go at providing a sample of breath.

0:55:350:55:39

She was booked in. She was then taken to the intoximeter room.

0:55:390:55:42

Up you come.

0:55:420:55:44

Keep going, keep going, keep going, that's it, stop, that's it.

0:55:440:55:47

-It's done, it's done.

-Sorry.

-Take a seat for me.

0:55:470:55:51

This time she's managed it.

0:55:510:55:53

OK.

0:55:530:55:55

You've given two readings.

0:55:550:55:56

The first one was 72, OK, the second reading was 69.

0:55:560:56:02

The legal limit is obviously 35, so you're double the drink-drive limit.

0:56:020:56:06

She'd certainly never been in trouble with the police before

0:56:060:56:09

and she seemed quite daunted by everything that was going on.

0:56:090:56:13

It's just not like me to do this. It's just one of those silly things.

0:56:140:56:19

I'm so responsible and...

0:56:190:56:22

She did seem sorry for what she'd done,

0:56:220:56:24

but only because it was going to affect her and her job.

0:56:240:56:31

Well, it's a bit bizarre to me,

0:56:310:56:35

because I made a silly mistake today.

0:56:350:56:39

Never, ever, ever been in trouble with the police before

0:56:400:56:44

and this a bit alien to me, the whole lot.

0:56:440:56:45

I'm not an alcoholic, I don't drink in the pub every day,

0:56:450:56:49

I don't... You know, I do a job.

0:56:490:56:52

I do a job of work and I'm totally civil

0:56:520:56:57

and, you know, sensible.

0:56:570:57:01

I don't think she's a bad person.

0:57:010:57:03

I just think, you know, she's a drink driver

0:57:030:57:06

and she shouldn't have done it.

0:57:060:57:08

Amber's silly mistake was an expensive one.

0:57:080:57:12

She's had her driving licence taken away from her for 17 months

0:57:120:57:15

and was given a £100 fine.

0:57:150:57:17

The other woman drink driver

0:57:190:57:21

who was more than four times the legal limit

0:57:210:57:23

was banned from driving for three years

0:57:230:57:25

and ordered to do 150 hours community work.

0:57:250:57:28

The two men caught bagging charity bags from outside Sainsbury's

0:57:300:57:34

were released without charge because it couldn't be

0:57:340:57:37

determined that the clothes were actually owned by anybody.

0:57:370:57:41

Both the men arrested outside the night club in Dunstable

0:57:430:57:46

were given police cautions.

0:57:460:57:48

One for the assault on a door supervisor

0:57:480:57:50

and the other for possession of cannabis.

0:57:500:57:52

The man who was in the car that smashed into a telegraph pole

0:57:570:58:00

but was only the back-seat passenger was not charged with any offences.

0:58:000:58:05

His friend he said was driving was never found.

0:58:050:58:08

And one of the two men found hidden in a ditch

0:58:090:58:12

after crashing their car, admitted being the driver

0:58:120:58:15

and was banned for 12 months for drinking and driving.

0:58:150:58:18

But it was woof justice for his unfortunate passenger

0:58:190:58:24

who wasn't charged but was bitten by the police dog.

0:58:240:58:27

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After an abandoned car is found smashed into a telegraph pole on the outskirts of Watford, a trail of blood leads to a man who has been drinking - but it is down to the traffic cops to prove he was driving. And near Bedford there is another manhunt - police dogs and the helicopter have picked up the scent of two men fleeing across fields in a desperate attempt to escape the cops.


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