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is in the wrong place. All I see is the driver coming through the air
by the side of me. And a drink driver has gone shopping at the
wrong time. I understand you've got a problem with your throat, however
you can still breathe fine. She's upset with us because we've caught
her. If you get behind the wheel of a car and you've been drinking,
then as far as I'm concerned you're fair game, I'm coming after you.
There are no real excuses for causing an accident, but two of the
most commonly used ones for bad driving are tiredness and running
late, which is why the morning rush-hour can be a treacherous time
Today in Luton, PC Sam Sparks and Shona Gillon are up early keeping
tabs on the traffic. Shona has spotted another cause of accidents,
someone using their mobile phone. He's off it now. Worth a chat with
anyway. This one here? He had something up to his ear. The Corsa
driver will be given a ticket whether he was actually having a
conversation with someone or not. You don't have to be making a call
to use your mobile phone. You can have it in your hand, you can be
looking at something on there, then you're using your mobile phone. You
don't have to be texting or calling, and that's what the public need to
understand because it's drawing their attention away from their
driving so then you're driving without due care and attention, and
you won't be in proper control of your vehicle. Any idea why I might
have stopped you? No. No? Where is your phone? The man is doing the
school run. You just follow me into the nursery club, put them in
nursery and then you can deal with me. No, two minutes. We'll deal
with you now. Had any cannabis this morning? No, not this morning.
was the last time you had some? Yesterday, day before. Because I
can smell some. Sam has got a keen nose for trouble. My colleague is
going to go through your car because I've got a very strong
smell of cannabis coming from you. All right? Now is a good time to
tell me if there's anything in there. There's a joint in my bag.
Just the one? Shona, a joint in his bag. Where is your bag? If he was
possibly using cannabis prior to driving or whilst driving, he could
have been under the influence of drugs while driving his motor
vehicle, which is a serious offence. Sit down, girls. Two minutes and
they'll be fine. That's hardly booster seating, is it? That's it,
that's all I've got. Yes? Cool. There was a spliff in the bag, a
joint of cannabis, which in itself isn't a lot but bear in mind that
bag was on the back seat with his two young children. Sam is going to
have the car searched in case there's any more. We'll get another
unit here because I can smell it and you've given me that small bit
of cannabis. The driver will be searched as well but they need male
help for that. If it's two females and we've stopped a male, we're not
able to physically search him so we need the divisional unit to come
along and carry out the search for us. Savage. S A V A G E? Yes.
What's your first name? Leon. middle name, Leon? No. Date of
birth? Do you know what, let me give you my real name instead of
messing about. My name is James McCann. Do you know what? I've got
no insurance on this car. OK. Good answer. What's your name? James?
James McCann. James, come and take a seat in the back of my car.
insurance means the car will be seized under section 165 of the
Road Traffic Act, or operation camphor as they call it. The driver
will be quizzed about it and the phone. In the meantime, Shona has
got some babysitting to do. Sweetheart, can you just lean in.
If you want look out of the window, look out of that one because the
cars are going past. I don't want you getting hurt. You see the
police car behind? He's in that car there.
The kids were absolutely lovely. They're typical one and four year
olds. They just wanted their daddy but once you started talking to
them about cartoons and kids' programmes, they'll interact with
you because you're speaking to them and they understand what you're
talking about. I'll sing Upsy Daisy! It's more whoopsie daisy
than Upsy Daisy for the girls' dad. James, do you have a driving
licence? Provisional. I think you realise that was all going to go
horribly wrong, didn't you? I did. Don't worry about it, we'll sort it
mate. Yeah. Like I say, thanks for your honesty. You could have gone
down that horrible route of getting yourself arrested. Sign there for
Once you've gone down the line of lying to us by giving false details,
you commit the offence of perverting the course of justice
which is a serious imprisonable offence.
Why are you driving without a licence or insurance? Why? Because
I have to get the kids to nursery, like an idiot. Were you displaying
any L-plates? No. Look. They'll be fine. She'll stop them, honestly.
He was stopped initially for using his mobile phone, for which he'll
get three points and a �60 fine, and he was reported for the offence
of driving otherwise in accordance with the licence because he was a
provisional licence holder, and no insurance, and without displaying
L-plates. I'll ring you back in a bit because I'm in the police car.
She's in the car, she's all right. I can see her. I'll ring you back
in a minute. As well as driving illegally and being on his phone,
the man is breaking the law by not having proper car seats for his
children. So, if he were to have an accident with no insurance and it
was quite a nasty accident, he'd be losing both his children as well.
While Sam and Shona may have sniffed out a motorist violating
traffic laws with a spliff, there's a specialist squad in Bedfordshire
whose job it is to track down the more serious drugs and drug dealers,
the ANPR intercept squad. ANPR is the automatic numberplate
recognition, new-age technology and fighting crime. The technology
reeds numberplates, gives us a heads up in relation to any
intelligence on individuals or the vehicles being used. PC Martin Lent
and the team have got some intelligence about a dealer in a
Ford Mondeo who has been spotted in Bedford town centre. Tim, do you
want me to go in front of it? team do their hunting in a pack.
They've got three intercept cars out today. We're going to go in
front of it. Stop. The suspected drug dealer has been caught by
surprise. He's no idea what's going on. We tend to find that, by
stopping the vehicle as quick as we can, almost pounce on it, it gives
the occupants very limited What's your name? You got anything
on you? BEEP. If you say you haven't and I find something, I'm
going to throw the book at you. Open your mouth. Spit it out.
You're under arrest, my friend. Search. Any more in there? No, no.
Open up for me. Open up. Put your head back. Yes, you have. Get it
out. Spit it out. I haven't got nothing. Swallowed it. Stand up.
swear! OK. That was for my personal use, officer man. Really, why did
you put it in your mouth? Have you got him? Dealers take a big risk
carrying drugs in their mouths, necking several wraps of heroin to
avoid being caught can have serious consequences. Come with me, mate.
I'd just got a lift off him. Unfortunately you're guilty by
association. The passenger in the car is being arrested as well, even
though he's claiming he's completely innocent. Please, mate.
You've got to come back to the nick to be searched. If there's nothing
in the search you'll be released straightaway. I, over the years,
have become a bit of a cynic. I like to err on the side of caution.
I always bring people in for the purpose of the drugs search because
I have the grounds to believe that he's got drugs on him. He was just
giving me a lift home but he went and stopped in Victoria Road to see
somebody, then he dropped me back and he was just going home. He had
to do a couple of things so I went with him like a fool. What's going
to happen, mate? You'll be booked into custody, you'll be strip-
searched, and then, depending on what happens from there, you'll be
interviewed. We can only do a preliminary search at the roadside
because anything further than that we have to respect the dignity and
we have to take them in and search them in private. While Martin takes
his prisoner somewhere private for the search, help has arrived for
Sam and Shona to search the driver they've stopped. My colleagues that
have just turned up in a Panda, they'll deal with you for that
small amount of cannabis you've got. Have you got any previous with
drugs? I have, yeah. How long ago? About two years maybe. Because he
had got a previous conviction for cannabis possession, he had to be
arrested and taken to the police station. You can't have two
cautions. Advice for children in the back, a
ticket for the phone, campered his vehicle. And that's not the end of
it. The officers searched the car and in the front passenger door
pocket was a small deal bag of amphetamines. Oh man! Let me phone
someone to get the kids. The man, who was only pulled over because he
was on his mobile phone, is now even more trouble. When you've got
kids bouncing around in the car and that's to hand, it makes you angry.
The children were the crux of this story. He had drugs in easy reach
of a four year-old and a one year- old. He hadn't even taken the care
to put them in the boot out of their reach.
The kids are quite happy, as you can see, at the moment. He's made a
phone call to mum and a friend that will hopefully come and get them.
They want to go to nursery but I'm not happy for him to walk up to
nursery because one of us will have to walk up. It's not fair to the
children, here or at the nursery, seeing them turn up with the police.
Driving and phoning has turned out to be very costly for the man. He's
losing his brand new car, and until he can sort out his insurance he
won't be able to get it back. you for being good. Come on then,
James. Let's get you sorted. As a parent myself, it's horrifying
to know that people are prepared to put their children in danger like
that. In Bedford, the other driver caught in his car with drugs has
been brought into the police station. Detention, first thing
obviously because we've spot checked the vehicle. I'm happy
about the spot check. The officer is saying that you produced from
your mouth a quantity of what you stated to be heroin. The officers
are saying that the same vehicle earlier on today was allegedly
dealing in drugs. There's the suspicion that these drugs were in
your possession with intention to supply. That's to be established
obviously in interview. Before that, the man is going to get a full body
search which can be authorised when looking for class A drugs such as
heroin or crack cocaine. Once that authorisation has been granted,
there's two officers of the same sex, they take this person into the
cell and we do a systematic search. They've come up empty-handed.
Everything that he had was probably in his mouth at the time. The man's
passenger will get the same treatment. It's not the best job in
the world but somebody has to do it. The most unpleasant part of it is
checking the genitalia. We don't touch them at all. We have a quick
look, they turn around, they squat just a little bit to make sure
there's nothing that's obvious which could be concealed, either in
the crack up the backside. This time they've come up trumps. His
bottom has got crack in it. They found 10 wraps of class A up his
backside. I'm not going to touch it too much, it's been up his bum. I'm
going to put it in the bag. Another of the unpleasant jobs in the life
of a traffic cop is dealing with bad accidents. Although, for
Sergeant Chris Smith, it's got a little easier over the years.
been in it now for 22 years so there's not of awful lot that fazes
you from that point of view after that length of service, but
occasionally one does. This evening, a report has come in have a crash
involving a car and a motorcyclist outside a garage in Dunstable.
don't know the injuries yet, apart from the fact he's got some sort of
leg injury. Which is considered to be quite serious.
When we got there, the scene was firmly contained. The casualty, who
was riding the bike, is already in the ambulance ready to go to the
local A&E. What are the injuries? We called out collision
investigation purely because initially I was told that there
could be pelvic injuries and of course we had to take that as being
Let's get some cones, first, I want this bit shut off. We don't know
the extent of his injuries. I want the garage shut off as well just
now. We'll get Bob to come down and do his bits and pieces, I think,
until we've got an update from hospital.
Bob, the crash detective, only comes out to the most serious
accidents, those in which people die or might suffer life-changing
injuries. To help him when he gets here, the road has got to be closed.
You have to protect as much as you possibly can to give them the best
chance of gaining the best evidence in case of any court appearance
later on. A young lad who was on a bicycle
witnessed what happened. And where did he come from? Behind
me, come from that direction. he's come up...? The lad's come
that way, it's pretty much stopped, though, cos it was just coming
through the petrol station. What did he try and do, come up the
inside of the Corsa? He tried to come up the inside of the road.
The young girl driver of the Corsa has been badly shaken up, but she
does not have any injuries. Her parents have come down to make sure
she was all right, and the Corsa was parked up in the garage
forecourt. Green Corsa, which is situated over there, was indicating
to come into the garage. I'd already passed that car and then
the bike... I didn't see it, but I heard the bike behind me and it
smashed and all I seen is the driver coming through the air by
the side of me. Yeah, and that's why I am still shaking. So it's not
that good... Mind my language, but I chit myself!
The rider had come off the bike and basically been thrown through the
air and landed on the carriageway. Is that your bike, is it? And that
wasn't involved at all? No, that's what I was on, riding! OK. Well,
you put your bike up and take it in there out the way, don't touch
anything, yeah? All the signs point to the car
driver being at fault for failing to see the oncoming bike. But all
might not be as first appears. Initially, it was my view that the
Corsa had been at fault, but obviously has more witnesses came
to light and they were talking about the motorcyclist, the manner
of his riding, it became apparent that perhaps it isn't all that
meets the eye. Bob, the crash investigator, has
arrived. It's his job to determine the exact sequence of events and
put a finger on who might be to blame.
We were a little bit limited, there, as well, because we had lost a
little bit of forensics, if you like, where the debris had been put,
because of traffic running over it. It doesn't tally, does it? You've
got debris starting from here going in that direction, which is OK,
that's fine. The bikes, you've got two different directions, haven't
you? It's not the easiest of investigations. The roads were very,
very wet and, of course, as the roads are wet, you are not left
with the marks on the roads which you are sometimes which, you know,
paint a fantastic picture on occasions.
But another theory about what happened is emerging.
From speaking to the witnesses and the drivers, the driver of the
Corsa, she had a passenger as well, they were saying as they pulled
into the petrol station they couldn't see the bike, they believe
he did not have his lights on. Corsa is turning right in... That
would make a bit more sense, then, wouldn't it? So if she's turned
right, he's gone over the top, which is why he's in the middle of
the road. Turning in, the bike's coming down towards us from this
direction and obviously he's made contact with the near side, the
rider's gone over the top now, which would fit with the rider
landing and finishing where he does. The garage's forecourt CCTV tallies
with Bob's conclusion that the car did turn into the path of the
oncoming bike. But she isn't going to be prosecuted.
In the eyes of the law, really, she would be at fault, she would be
liable for that collision, because she's pulled in front of the path
of the motorcyclist. However, she's got serious mitigation on the fact
that the motorcyclist allegedly didn't have any lights on.
News from hospital is that the rider needs to be operated on for a
hip injury, but isn't on the danger list. All that remains to be done
is clear up the scene, but just as the Corsa is being pulled onto the
recovery track, another woman driver has pulled on to the
forecourt. She took probably about five or six
attempts to get into a parking bay, which was on the far side of the
garage, and to say it was the worst bit of parking we've ever seen was
an understatement. The cops think the woman might have
been drinking. If she has, she's picked precisely the wrong place
and the wrong time to come and do her shopping.
There was a marked traffic car there, marked collision
investigation police van on there, marked specials police van on there,
and a panda car. Looks like she's possibly collided with a few things.
And we went in and found her in the wine aisle, so we invited her back
out of the premises. We didn't want to breathalyse her inside the
garage. She was absolutely stinking of drink.
We're just going to give you a breath test, all right? Nice, deep
breath and just blow into this until I tell you to stop, OK? Nice,
deep breath. Blow harder. Blow harder. No, you're going to have to
blow a lot harder. There's a problem. Laryngitis... You've got
laryngitis? OK. Shall we try it again? "I've got laryngitis, I
can't talk". It doesn't stop you blowing, though.
Listen, listen, OK? I've seen you drive, all right, I've seen you
drive, and due to the manner of your walking across there and the
fact that I can smell alcohol on your breath, gives us ground to
request a breath specimen, OK? If you fail or refuse, it is an
offence for which you will be arrested. My colleagues have given
you plenty of opportunities, we will give you one more opportunity.
If you fail to provide then, you will be arrested and you will go to
the police station, OK? So nice, deep breath, blow into the box
until we tell you to stop, and then hopefully you will be under, go and
get your shopping and get yourself off home, all right? Yeah. I feel
sick. Deep breath... I understand you're trying, and I understand
you've got a problem with your throat, however, you can still
breathe fine, so there's no reason why you can't blow.
Most of my career I've been on traffic, and so I've dealt with an
awful lot of drink drivers. You know when somebody is trying it on,
you knew she was trying it on. Sorry... (INAUDIBLE). You're going
to have to go to the police station and get a blood sample, then, if
you can't blow. I think... Just come and take a seat in the back of
the car. She failed to provide on the roadside, so she was arrested.
All of a sudden, she is no longer lost for words. Get into the car...
Don't push me around, I'm married to a policeman for 28 years...
Fantastic. Don't... Don't do that. You're getting in the car. Put the
cuffs on. Oh, get stuffed! It's not open for debate, my love, OK?
We can do it the easy way or we can do it the hard way, all right?
Let's do it the easy way. She went from quite a vulnerable,
lone female on her own, to being quite a vocal, abusive female.
arrogant. All right, I'm kissed off at the
moment, that's all. Your voice has got better. Oh, how wonderful! Do
you want me to sing to you like Katherine Jenkins?
Her voice did come back on the car journey. When I pointed that out to
her she went back to having this bad dose of laryngitis.
Oh, shut up! You're such a tosser! Oh, you're so rude! She's upset
with us because we have caught her. If you get behind the wheel of a
car and you've been drinking, then as far as I'm concerned, you're
fair game, I'm coming after you. 20 miles north outside a Chinese in
Bedford, PC Tanveer Hussain has got his eyes on another dodgy parked
car. Driver, quick word, mate, please? A
quick word about your wing mirror, it's come off.
The offside wing mirror was sort of hanging off, so I thought I'd just
have a little chat as he's come out of the pub car park.
Tanveer suspects he's had a drink. Is it your car, registered in your
name? It's my girlfriend's. Your girlfriend's? Are you allowed to
drive it? Basically, she rang the, what's it called, the insurance
company, innit? If you want to, you can ring my girlfriend now.
It is not his car but it's OK, he's got connections, too.
Listen, do you know my uncle, PC BEEP, yeah? Is that your uncle?
Serious? Honest. He is not lost for words, but with alcohol on his
breath, he is taking a risk. The more he talked, the more I
began to smell it. I'll tell you the truth, mate,
listen, yeah? I'm not insured to drive the car, yeah? But my
girlfriend's gone out, I literally just picked my bredren up, and
we're going to get a drink... much have you had to drink?
Honestly? I've had one, one brandy and coke. OK. On my mum... My mum...
My mum's grave. Fair enough, OK. I'm just going to quickly
breathalyse you, my friend. What's your name? I don't even know your
name, I'm talking to you. Isaac Johns, man. Isaac.
If that was me sat in the back of the car, I wouldn't have mentioned
my uncle, that's for sure. He is not going to be happy.
I don't even know how to explain it, man. So you are driving around with
no insurance, yeah? Having consumed alcohol? It's not a good mix, is it,
to be honest, my friend? Mate, I know, man. Literally, I was
just going to his house. No insurance means Tanveer's going
to have the car seized. Is there a unit who could just join
me just literally for one minute, please? I'm in Peel Place, off
Tavistock Street. I just need them to do me a very quick favour, just
park a vehicle up near to me, please.
I need you to blow as hard as you can into this machine. Have you got
the keys to the car, first of all? No... Where are the keys? Matey has
got them. Well, I need the keys to the car, come on. Come with me,
then, matey has got them. His "matey" has disappeared with
the keys, he says. He is banking on Tanveer leaving the car locked up
at the side of the road. Get a good seal, and blow. A lot harder, a lot
harder, a lot harder, a lot harder. Honestly, I've got no more than
that. I was expecting him to blow just
over the roadside legal limit, but, no, he came back under,
surprisingly. There's that silver car there, I
just need it parked somewhere here, but has made has got the key.
you want me to bring it and put it round the back here? Just literally
behind me or in front of me, anywhere. Ring your mate, because I
need the keys to the car. Do you know what? I'm liking you,
you're a nice copper, I'm not going to lie, you're actually a nice
copper. I'm here to help you, I'm not here to hinder you. But what
you've got to understand... Can I ask you a serious question? Will I
get arrested? Knowing he's not going to be
arrested, Isaac is coming clean about the whereabouts of the car
keys. All right, here. Can I take the house keys off you, please?
can take the house keys. And I'll give you this car bit. Be straight
with me, be honest with me, I'll look after you.
It's nice for them to tell you at the start, because it makes my job
easier, but, hey, another five minutes, I'll find out anyway.
It was my bad. It was all me. It's a game, really. I think he was
looking for an easy way for me to let him off and give him a little
slap on the hand, but I don't think that was going to happen.
Because he has told the truth, finally, Tanveer is offering Isaac
a lift home. Or perhaps it's because he knows his uncle!
Isaac's girlfriend's not going to be pleased, though. She will have
to go to the police pound to get her car back.
If you blow over the limit at the roadside or don't blow it all,
you're taken into the police station for another go on a
different machine called an Intoxilyzer. It's the final chance
for the woman with laryngitis. appreciate you've got a sore throat,
however, OK, you still... Mark isn't holding his breath.
Nice deep breath, blow till I tell you to stop. Harder, harder, harder,
harder, harder, stop. Is that OK? No, it's not, no. OK, that could be
construed by the courts as a refusal, which would mean you're
going to you lose your licence for a year. I don't want...
understand that. But you're not even blowing.
You wanted to sort of shake her and say, you know, quite clearly, "You
can provide a sample, but you're doing this to mess us around".
Harder. Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going. Stop. Well
done, you've done it. Well done. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes
of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. She was well over.
You've blown 124 and 123. What's that? That's probably, what's that,
about four times over the drink- driving limit. Can I go home now?
To get those readings was cracking. Oh, how lovely. Just in here.
The woman can't be charged with drink-driving until she's sober.
She's got a long night in a cell ahead of her.
If you need us, press that button, all right? I'll get you a couple of
blankets, all right? It was a costly trip to the garage
for the woman. She was found guilty of drink-driving and has her
licence taken away for two and a half years and given 12 months'
probation. The girl driving a Corsa, who
earlier turned into the same garage straight in front of a motorcyclist,
was cleared of any offence after it was confirmed he had no lights on.
The man who was caught with drugs in his car while taking his kids to
school was convicted of position of Class B drugs and fined �150.
He was also found guilty of having no insurance and given six penalty
points. The man who thought it was a good idea to hide drugs in his
cheeks was found guilty of dealing Class A drugs and given a six month
community order. And the man who thought it was a
It is a case of right place, right time for the Bedfordshire traffic police when they pull over a motorist taking his kids to school, only to find illegal drugs in his car. And it is a case of wrong place, wrong time for a drunk driver who has chosen to go and do her shopping at a garage swarming with police officers.