Crossover Traffic Cops


Crossover

Documentary series following the traffic police as they enforce the law on Britain's roads. The traffic cops are called in to deal with a horrific crash on the busy M1.


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When things go wrong on the motorway, life or death is in the

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lap of the gods. This guy here, managed to stagger out of the

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vehicle of his own accord. When they go wrong on an estate in Luton.

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Why are you driving if you can't see? There's more to things than

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meet the eye. But when teenage criminals take the law into their

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own hands. You're nicked, chum, for burglary! They're only going down a

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In Britain, motorways make up just 1% of all the roads, yet they carry

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The daddy of them all, the M1, has been keeping traffic cops in

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Bedfordshire busy day and night for half a century now. 'Over the years

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the traffic 'on that road has increased dramatically' and

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consequently with all that traffic, sometimes things go wrong which we

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have to deal with. Traffic cops are specialists when it comes to

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dealing with accidents and speeding motorists on the motorway, but

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they're also always on high alert for criminals using it as an escape

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route. 'Yeah, I can confirm 99 are en route.' It's gone two in the

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morning and there's been a report of a burglary in Luton.

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suspected burglars are heading for the M1. Vehicle pursuit in Luton,

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not sure of the details of the vehicle at the moment. It's on the

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perimeter of Luton up near the airport. PC Craig Baker and his

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sergeant Tony Richardson are already on the M1 and preparing to

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head off the vehicle. Where, where is it now? Right, go up toward

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junction 10. 10? OK. Another traffic cop has beaten them to the

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chase and is behind the getaway car. Ah, Keith's got the follow. He's

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got it? Yeah, he's got it. We got a traffic unit behind it at the

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moment - Keith. We probably will pick it up coming down, we'll try

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and get it on the motorway and then depending what way we go we can

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look at putting some pursuit tactics into place. The traffic

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cops are specially trained in pursuit management tactics, PMT,

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which they will employ to surround the car on the motorway and force

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it to a halt. In case that plan doesn't come off the police

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helicopter with its night vision camera has been called for. 150

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we're going to hold at 10 and if you get to us, Keith, we're going

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to try and push it on junction 10 southbound. 'The idea of keeping

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the vehicle on the motorway is, it's a much' more sterile area that

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we can deal with. Have we got authority? Yep. Here it comes... Is

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it coming this way? No, towards Luton. 'Stand by, we're London Road

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towards Luton.' London Road now. But something has gone wrong.

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'Unfortunately, instead of coming my direction, 'it decided to turn

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towards Luton.' It's just what the cops didn't want. 'It was the worst

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route he could take, towards the town centre. 'That's the one place

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you want to try and keep it out of cos at that time of night, 'that's

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where you're likely to have pedestrians, in a town centre.'

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Luckily help's arrived in the shape of the chopper overhead. The crew

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have got the thieves on their thermal imaging camera, with a

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patrol car of PC Keith Nicholson and PC Chris Naughton right on

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their tail. 'They are now passing the police station, 'he didn't want

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to stop there.' They're not in any hurry to pull over but unlike some

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pursuits, this isn't particularly high-octane, high-risk stuff and

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the police are not having any difficulty following them. 'Towards

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Telford Way where he's indicating left.' For some reason he just

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wanted to tell us where he was going which is uncommon so it was

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fairly easy to follow him. And it's been fairly easy for Tony and Craig,

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call sign 150, to catch up to what is now a convoy. 'We don't want to

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be chasing it forever and ever 'cos the longer the chase goes on the

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more likelihood 'there is of someone getting injured, car

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crashing or something going wrong.' 150 ARV can you just be aware we

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are going to come alongside you in a minute. And 150 we've got a rear

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Panda, can the Panda break off as soon as, please. Obviously look for

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a decamp but not be directly involved please. We're second in

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the convoy. The plan is still to try and box the car in, but it's a

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very risky manoeuvre, especially not on the motorway. Ask Keith if

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he wants to take over as marked car. 150 to 298, Keith do you want us to

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take over as a marked police vehicle? 'Approaching the

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roundabout. It's a dual-end. Stand by. Take it afterwards.' Yeah,

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we'll take it after the roundabout, copy. The sarge is taking over the

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pursuit, it's a safer option than having an unmarked police car

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leading the way. 'Tony came along from behind and he's the pursuit

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commander so he took over. 'He was in a marked vehicle and then we

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just followed, from there.' Chris has been a bobby on the beat for

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five years but has only just joined Traffic. Being on a pursuit so soon

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is a real bonus. It's not a common thing nowadays, unless it's a high-

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 76 seconds

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powered car and they're trying to Pull back, pull back, Keith. OK,

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get ready. OK, we've got two occupants. Chris isn't the only one

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who's new to all this. They were just two young kids. Really young,

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I think he was 15 to 17 years old, he didn't even have a licence.

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years ago Chris made more arrests than any other officer in

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Bedfordshire. Now he's on the Traffic Department his number of

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arrests are lower but his excitement is higher. Well, that's

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my first follow in five years so... ..I think that's the best time I've

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ever had in a traffic car. They're going to get a Divisional to get

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him back. The supervisor's coming down for that. All incidents

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involving police cars have to be investigated and if there is any

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damage a supervisor will have to be called in and a report filed. But

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Tony's confident he won't be getting in any trouble. What way

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you going? I was expecting a little bit of damage 'because of the way

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they were driving, and if your bringing' a vehicle to a stop like

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that you expect a little bit of damage. But extraordinarily there

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isn't any... ..apart from a little scratch and a bent mirror. T-cut

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minus mirror. See, there you go. T- cut. Done. Tony has now got to be

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breathalysed. Every person that we deal with, whether it's police

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officers, ambulance, fire, members of the public, everyone involved in

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a crash, collision will be breathalysed and that's no

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different for me. Put your lips around the tube and blow

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continuously until I tell you to stop. Tony's practically out of

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gas... ..and air. Zero. Thank you. But he hasn't been drinking. And he

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wants to retire soon. He won't go! I tell you what I didn't have a

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cool head when I looked over and realised you hadn't filled the poxy

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thing up. We're driving down, 26 miles to run. Who says It's my

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fault I didn't fill it up? Now it is time for Tony to get tanked up..

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Slicing through the heart of Bedfordshire is the busiest stretch

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of the whole of the M1. 30 miles of it. Nearly all affected by years of

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carriage-widening roadworks. With the roadworks at a 50mph speed

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limit so, when things do go wrong they're a lot slower, and therefore

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not as many people get hurt and injured, but there's some nasty,

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nasty incidents occur. In a small room at Toddington Service Station,

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CCTV is being monitored around the clock should any nasty incidents

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And this evening, something very A major disaster has struck. A

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forty-tonne truck has careered over the central reservation smashing

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into the busy traffic travelling in Tony and Craig are rushing to the

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scene. They need to get there fast. En route obviously to the motorway.

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Just under the Toddington Services report of lorry gone over central

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reservation. We've got a unit at the scene at the moment. As far as

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casualties, we've got one person at least, and that person is currently

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unconscious. They call these crossovers, the very worst kind of

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accident on a motorway. If we have a crossover, and thank goodness

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they're pretty rare, all I can think of is the worst. Invariably

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one of those vehicles, the one crossing over will be a heavy

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because, you know, they're the ones that can actually get through the

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barriers. 'On every single one of those occasions there will be

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carnage 'and it's only a matter of luck 'whether there's going to be

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serious injury but most probably death.' Fortunately, the rush

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hour's over and getting to the motorway has been straightforward.

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The main issue on a major crash like that is making sure that

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access is available to the emergency services. So if you need

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any more ambulances or fire engines that they're not stuck in traffic.

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But access, all of a sudden, is a problem. People are trying to

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escape being trapped on the motorway by turning back up the

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slip road. What don't help is when you've got people down here doing

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u-turns and trying to come back up. Once we've got an agreement we can

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do it safely, it's fine, but you got people turning around already.

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What they forget is interference with the emergency services coming.

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If we've got fire engines coming down it then hinders everything

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getting here. But you can see now how quick the carnage... You've got

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the whole motorway stopped. 'All three lanes were blocked. Lane

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three of the other carriage way was blocked and there was carnage.'

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150,000 vehicles a day use this part of the M1, with it at a

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standstill the whole region could grind to a halt and literally

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millions could be effected. -- affected. But Tony's main concern

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is for the people involved in the smash and those helping them.

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well not so nice. 'When we first get there it is most definitely the

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fire service and ambulance's job 'and we stay out the way and make

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it as easy as it can be for those.' Against all the odds, no-one has

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been killed. Somehow, the driver of this car a VW Passat has survived

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being hit head-on by the out-of- control lorry. And unbelievably, he

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isn't badly hurt. The driver of the lorry is being treated in the

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ambulance but it's not clear what exactly his injuries are. This guy

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here, managed to stagger out of the vehicle of his own accord where

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he's lost consciousness just down there. He was unconscious,

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breathing at the time... 'The driver of the wagon pretty much

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collapsed' at the roadside. The paramedics suspected that he had

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spine, pelvis, neck injuries so they were obviously very concerned

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about him. 'When we got there, 'Andy went to the lorry driver,' I

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went straight to the Passat expecting the driver to be in a

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mess and he had a bump on his wrist and it's almost one of those things

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where you can't believe it's happening to you. You're looking

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around, saying this can't be here, this really can't be here. We just

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expected there'd be bodies everywhere. The man's injuries are

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negligible but he's off to hospital anyway. 'Just looking at the damage

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to the Passat, I was amazed that anyone could walk out of it.' I

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know the guy was carried away on a spinal board but as I understand it,

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that was purely a precautionary measure and he had virtually no

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injuries at all afterwards. thing has saved him. He was wearing

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his seat belt, if you look you can see it's still in the same position,

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it's not retracted. So he definitely had his belt on. Can you

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imagine if he weren't wearing that? I'd be knocking on somebody's door

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about now. Looking around, it can be seen that the dividing barriers

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were simply flattened by the lorry. For the rest of the lucky survivors,

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it'll be a moment they will never, ever forget. All I could see was he

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was in the middle lane, as he should be, and all of a sudden he

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reared off and then he just took off, and it was like he flew

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through the air. It's, it's a really frightening thing... I think

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I'll be seeing it for a long time, I'm going to cry now. So yeah,

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it's...scary. I dread to think what they were thinking when it was

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coming towards them... And knowing that they were going to hit it

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head-on and there was absolutely nothing they could do about it.

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traffic all going along here, I suppose is doing about 50mph cos I

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think it's in an average speed camera zone. So probably if people

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were going faster it would have been worse so you had time to, you

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know, just slow down. We had spoken to a few witnesses and once the

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initial shock of everything had calmed down for people it became

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obvious that there was a fault, probably either with the driver of

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the lorry or maybe with the lorry itself. Although no-one's died, the

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fact that it could so easily have been a catastrophe means the

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southbound carriageway is going to remain closed for quite some time

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while investigators find out exactly what went wrong. After

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having come across the central reservation, he hit this, the

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Passat head-on, and ended up in lane one and stopped and then after

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a few seconds moved over to the hard shoulder and apparently, after

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a few seconds he got out and then collapsed. There was a suggestion

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that he was taken ill at the wheel. If there is a potential for a fatal

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or a life-changing, we will pull out all the stops to investigate.

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Eventually, when we've made room we're going to spin all of this

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around... Superb, OK. I'll take that from you. Yeah, yeah, that's

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cool. 'It's a huge decision, when you think about it, to close off a

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main arterial route' like the M1 motorway to do your investigation.

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It's a big decision to take. Despite the cost, the motorway will

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remain closed until the investigation's complete. When

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they're not chasing car thieves or picking up the pieces after bad

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crashes the traffic cops' stock in trade is enforcing motoring laws.

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Even coming to the end of a long shift, PC Shona Gillen is more

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eager than most to catch illegal motorists. It can be hectic

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sometimes as she's, she buzzes like a bee and she's always after

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everything. 'But, she, you know, she gets results, so it's good.'

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just think that it's come from years of experience.' It's eleven

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years of me stopping vehicles and stopping people, you generally get

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this feel and you go with your gut instinct. Coming up to some traffic

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lights on the outskirts of Luton, Shona's got that feeling about a

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car going past the other way. This car here that's just gone past, I

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should come out and patrol round here more often, you know? 'As the

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driver came round the corner,' he had this kind of reddish complexion

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on his face and just didn't look quite right and initially I thought

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he was a drink driver. Under The Road Traffic Act, Shona can stop

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and request any driver to produce their documents. 'Something just

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clicked inside me, I thought that car needs stopping.' He's done a

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left. And there's no time to waste. He's pulling over. The car's

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pulling over but suspiciously, two passengers have got out rather

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promptly. 'They didn't run away but they, it was like they didn't want

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to be 'associated with having been in the car. 'I would certainly bet

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an awful lot,' an awful lot, there was something in that car. Is this

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your vehicle? Yes, it is my car. The driver seems quite amenable...

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I've, I've just been...erm, the hotel. ..if a little vague. Have

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you had anything to drink today? OK, you've got a brake light out.

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Have I? Where do these, do these, where do these people live? Erm,

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they live, I-I...they live... they don't live here? Well, they

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asked me to drop 'em, they said they knew someone here. Matt, he

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said he lived there he doesn't. was able to go down the road and

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just catch up with, erm, well one of the other two. That's her Mum's

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house? So where you going now? going round to the back garden.

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man's story is a good 'un, but typically Shona hasn't bought it.

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'I locked the traffic car and as I've run round the corner' she was

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quite a way away up that road so there was no way she was going into

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the back garden of that house which is what matey boy had initially

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said. What were you going in the house for, then? That's where her

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Mum lives. If they hadn't been in such a hurry to disappear they

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might not have aroused any suspicion. But now, after all their

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flimflam Shona's going to follow her hunch and search their car.

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believe there was something in that vehicle that they didn't want us to

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find 'so I searched the vehicle under the Police and Criminal

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Evidence Act.' Shona's instinct is spot on. They've been on a shopping

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spree. It's got the security tag still around it. It's worth quite a

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bit of money really, which is obviously why they've just decided

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to get out and walk away. There's also some pliers, handy for

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removing the security tags. All in all, a tidy haul of toiletries

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worth over �200. They've obviously just committed a theft from a shop

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which is why they wanted to get away in the first place and why

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both the passengers had got out the vehicle to disassociate themselves

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with anything that was in that car. I want to blow my nose, can I go

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and get a tissue out me car? Oh... OK. OK. What's your name, flower?

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My name's Charles Hornby. Charles? Yeah. Charles, have you ever been

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in trouble with the police before? Ever been arrested? Erm...yeah,

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yeah, oh, yeah. Are you well known to us? No. OK. 'He reminded me of

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somebody's granddad, really. 'He was very...he seemed quite nervous,

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'he was being very woolly about his answers. 'He didn't really know why

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he dropped them off or who lived at that address.' And he was kind of

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playing a bit dumb. They said to drop them here. 'And all it was

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doing was arousing my suspicions even further.' We found some items

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in a carrier bag in the car. Are they yours? No. No, they had bags

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with them. What kind of bags would they have with them? Erm... I think

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a green bag, I think. I didn't really take no notice. Right, OK.

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think. Oh, dear, but it's in your car. I take it you're saying

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there's something in there that shouldn't be. Well, quite possibly.

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OK, yeah, well... I'm asking for your account before we do anything

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about it. Yeah, no, it's... They're not my bags. They're not mine.

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have they got in the back? Don't wander off, please. BOTH: No, we

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won't. A check of the man in glasses has revealed he likes to do

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a bit of shopping, but he's not one for loyalty cards. I think he was

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wanted for a number of offences in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and

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a warrant as well. So he was going nowhere. Nowhere apart from the

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nick. All three are going to be arrested on suspicion of

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shoplifting. OK, what's happening is you two are both also under

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arrest on suspicion of the theft. haven't done anything. On suspicion

:26:26.:26:33.

of theft... Tell him. Tell him, please. You don't have to say

:26:33.:26:38.

anything but it may harm your defence if... There's little honour

:26:39.:26:44.

amongst these thieves. It's... It's something that they've, I'm sure

:26:44.:26:47.

they've sort of prearranged that if they get caught he'll take the

:26:47.:26:50.

blame. He's just taken full responsibility. At the end of the

:26:50.:26:53.

day, getting out and running off up the road isn't the actions of an

:26:53.:26:56.

innocent party. They'll stick together to the point where there's

:26:56.:26:59.

no return, then they'll just dump each other in it. Their supermarket

:26:59.:27:02.

sweep has earned them today's star prize... A trip to the police

:27:02.:27:04.

station. Back on the M1, the investigation into why there was

:27:04.:27:11.

nearly a disaster on the motorway has begun. The question is, why did

:27:11.:27:17.

the lorry cross over to the other side of the road? A specialist

:27:17.:27:23.

accident investigator has arrived to take stock of all the evidence.

:27:23.:27:26.

'The first walk-through is' let's see what you've got, and then speak

:27:26.:27:32.

to the people in charge. And you then start to pick out - the

:27:32.:27:35.

barrier was down, you've then got a mass of vehicles, and in particular

:27:35.:27:44.

one seriously damaged vehicle. And then, it's sort of then blocked out.

:27:44.:27:47.

Although the suspicion is that the lorry driver is to blame for the

:27:47.:27:50.

crash, Bob will do whatever it takes to ensure there weren't any

:27:50.:27:56.

other reasons for it. You've got to get it right and you only ever have

:27:56.:28:00.

one chance. 'It therefore has to be done properly and correctly at the

:28:00.:28:04.

time and... 'and you know, if it takes a couple more minutes extra,

:28:05.:28:08.

'then that's what it's got... That's what you've got to do.'

:28:08.:28:11.

though it's the first real big crash he's been to, Chris has been

:28:11.:28:16.

put in charge. 'Everybody's doing their little bit,' and one person

:28:16.:28:19.

has to take the investigation on. 'Because there wasn't any apparent

:28:19.:28:22.

serious injuries and it wasn't life-changing, 'then it's just one

:28:22.:28:27.

of the officers that turns up,' it becomes their job to investigate.

:28:27.:28:32.

So it was my turn, being the new boy. The lorry driver's initial

:28:32.:28:35.

account was that he had begun to feel unwell and had intended to

:28:35.:28:42.

pull off at the next junction, just a few hundred metres further on.

:28:42.:28:45.

Another witness, still at the scene, the driver of a southbound lorry

:28:45.:28:48.

that narrowly escaped being hit, remembers graphically what happened

:28:48.:28:56.

next. As he came over, he wasn't even in the driver's seat, it threw

:28:56.:29:00.

him out the seat. He was over the other side of the cab. Because I

:29:00.:29:03.

could see his high-vis jacket. And so I ran up there and... When it

:29:03.:29:06.

had all stopped, like, and helped him out. And he thinks he passed

:29:06.:29:16.
:29:16.:29:20.

out. So... Yeah, scary stuff. gone from lane one of a three-lane

:29:20.:29:22.

motorway, 'come straight across, over the central reservation,

:29:22.:29:25.

'collided with two or three cars, collided with a camper van, then

:29:25.:29:28.

parked up.' He says he doesn't remember anything, and then he woke

:29:28.:29:31.

up slumped at the wheel, and then he couldn't open his door so he

:29:31.:29:35.

climbed out of his... Out of his cab window, fell to the floor and

:29:35.:29:42.

he was then seen to by a first aider before the ambulances arrived.

:29:42.:29:50.

But for Bob, something doesn't quite add up. Now, we've got an

:29:50.:29:52.

impact, the lorry's come through, we've got an impact on this

:29:52.:29:55.

nearside reservation, and then we've got an oil trail all the way

:29:55.:29:59.

along here. And then it finishes in lane one when the lorry's moved

:29:59.:30:04.

across to the hard shoulder. There's a bit of a strange scenario

:30:04.:30:10.

going on here at the moment. From the evidence, it appears that the

:30:10.:30:14.

lorry came to a rest, but it then moved again to its final position

:30:14.:30:18.

on the hard shoulder. You work your way through the scene and obviously

:30:18.:30:21.

there is then another movement of the vehicle. Is that again

:30:21.:30:24.

consistent with someone that is ill at the wheel? You know, they've

:30:24.:30:26.

actually come to rest in lane one, they've got... They've stopped

:30:27.:30:30.

their vehicle facing the wrong way in a live running lane, I'll move

:30:30.:30:35.

the vehicle onto the hard shoulder where it's safer. I... I don't know,

:30:35.:30:44.

I mean, to me, it just... If it's come to rest, it's come to rest.

:30:44.:30:49.

Why move the vehicle? It's been nearly seven hours since the

:30:49.:30:52.

accident brought the southbound M1 to a halt. Once the barriers are

:30:52.:30:57.

repaired, it will at last be reopened. The cops' investigation

:30:57.:31:07.
:31:07.:31:07.

Long after their shift was supposed to have finished, Shona and Matt

:31:07.:31:16.

are still hard at work dealing with the suspected shoplifters. 'Once

:31:16.:31:19.

all three had been booked into custody, I had to make sure 'that

:31:19.:31:21.

there weren't any further outstanding offences for them 'that

:31:21.:31:26.

they'd need to be arrested for and interviewed for at a later date. I

:31:26.:31:29.

was really surprised at the amount of intelligence that popped up for

:31:29.:31:34.

each of them. It's a possible warrant for this chap. Non-payment

:31:34.:31:40.

of fines. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of all three of them

:31:40.:31:43.

for previous suspected offences. There's an outstanding warrant of

:31:44.:31:49.

�625. So she's not going anywhere tonight. He has a warrant, a non-

:31:49.:31:54.

payment of fines warrant, erm... For �257.84. So once he's been

:31:54.:31:57.

dealt with for the theft, he'll be arrested for non-payment. So he

:31:57.:32:05.

isn't going anywhere tonight, he'll go to court tomorrow. The man in

:32:05.:32:08.

glasses and the woman appear to be serial shoplifters and have even

:32:08.:32:14.

been caught on CCTV. It's expensive booze, as well as toiletries that

:32:14.:32:22.

they seem to be interested in. They just pop it straight into their

:32:22.:32:32.
:32:32.:32:46.

shopping bag and calmly walk out. Come out here, please. The man is a

:32:46.:32:52.

drug user and shoplifts to fund his habit. Most, I would say most

:32:52.:32:55.

shoplifting, in fact, pretty much most crime is drug-based. You can

:32:55.:32:58.

see that on the people that we've stopped. They're a pretty pathetic

:32:58.:33:01.

little group really, when you think about it. But that's their life,

:33:01.:33:06.

their lifestyle and they won't change until they get off drugs.

:33:06.:33:09.

Because of the amount of thefts uncovered, the police have got

:33:09.:33:15.

authorisation to search the suspects' houses. They've gone to

:33:15.:33:19.

do a section 18 on the property, to see what stolen property, if any,

:33:19.:33:22.

is a their home addresses. So what's going to happen now is

:33:22.:33:25.

they'll be kept in the cells till tomorrow morning and interviewed

:33:25.:33:27.

for the offences we've arrested them today for and their

:33:27.:33:30.

outstanding crimes. And then they'll be sent to court and then

:33:30.:33:38.

dealt with in Hertfordshire for Sometimes even minor road traffic

:33:38.:33:43.

accidents warrant a fast response. News is coming in of another

:33:44.:33:47.

collision, not on the motorway this time, but on an estate in Luton

:33:47.:33:49.

where it's reported the driver involved doesn't want to stick

:33:49.:33:59.
:33:59.:34:00.

around. That me? Yeah. 1261. 'We do have get there quite quick, cos

:34:00.:34:10.
:34:10.:34:11.

obviously we don't want the driver disappearing.' It could suggest

:34:11.:34:14.

numerously, whether it could be a stolen vehicle someone's trying to

:34:14.:34:17.

leg it from, or it's just an exaggeration on someone's part that

:34:17.:34:24.

someone's looking to walk away. You just don't know till you arrive.

:34:24.:34:27.

'When we got there, there was a number of people in the street,'

:34:27.:34:32.

all debating about a crash that had occurred. Everyone all right? 'My

:34:32.:34:35.

initial actions were to find out who was actually involved in it,

:34:35.:34:39.

'as opposed to who the passers-by and who the onlookers were.' I live

:34:39.:34:48.

next door to him, yeah? Sorry, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. So

:34:48.:34:58.
:34:58.:35:00.

you're... You're... His neighbour. Yeah. At number 64? 68. 70.

:35:00.:35:10.
:35:10.:35:23.

You're at 68? The driver involved is still here. That's it. Something

:35:23.:35:27.

happened to your suspension and you smashed into the car? My eyes

:35:27.:35:37.
:35:37.:35:39.

are...eyeglasses...little problem. You can't see? I think we soon

:35:39.:35:42.

discounted that. And he came up with the suggestion that he'd got

:35:42.:35:45.

on the wrong glasses and actually couldn't see. You can't see? No, I

:35:45.:35:49.

can't see. You can't see anything? Why are you driving if you can't

:35:49.:35:54.

see? I'm sorry. I'm sorry. It's no good being sorry, you could kill

:35:54.:35:57.

someone, couldn't you? No, I'm not driving fast. You're not driving

:35:57.:36:03.

fast? OK, so you just knock someone down very slowly then. Yes. Yeah,

:36:03.:36:10.

OK. I think we've got a problem with you, young man, don't you?

:36:10.:36:13.

Always, I'm just a hard-working person. OK, right. You got a

:36:13.:36:18.

licence on you? I got it in... got a driving licence? No.

:36:18.:36:22.

don't have a driving licence? have but not in my pocket. OK, do

:36:22.:36:29.

you have insurance for the vehicle? Yeah. OK. It's a construction

:36:29.:36:39.
:36:39.:36:41.

company. Production company? Construction. Construction company.

:36:41.:36:45.

Can you come and sit in our car for us, all right? The man with the

:36:45.:36:54.

glasses has managed to drive into somebody's parked car. Basically,

:36:54.:36:57.

you've got a parked car here. The guy the sergeant's speaking to at

:36:57.:37:00.

the moment has... I'm not sure which way he's been going yet, I

:37:00.:37:03.

think he's been coming down the road. And for an unknown reason

:37:03.:37:07.

he's gone into the side of him. And it transpires his vision isn't very

:37:07.:37:10.

good and he's already said he shouldn't be driving cos he can't

:37:10.:37:13.

see. You're driving but you can't see through your glasses, why?

:37:13.:37:22.

can see in my glasses. Someone goes in here, a headlight. Yeah... OK.

:37:22.:37:27.

Right, you need... You can understand my problem. Yeah, you

:37:27.:37:31.

need to go to the opticians, don't you? Yeah, yeah, I always go to

:37:32.:37:34.

Space Savers. Getting his glasses from Space Savers could be the

:37:34.:37:44.
:37:44.:37:52.

problem. Raminder. 28. Yeah. Yeah. 74. 74? Yeah. The neighbours

:37:52.:38:02.
:38:02.:38:06.

have taken a dim view of what's gone on. Just thought I hope his

:38:06.:38:09.

insurance will cover the damage, that's all. Look at the car, the

:38:09.:38:18.

whole back end's gone in. Right, let's see how bad your eyesight is

:38:18.:38:22.

then, shall we? He's going to be made to read a licence plate, a

:38:22.:38:25.

test recognised by the Highway Code. Tell me what that car registration

:38:25.:38:28.

number is. With the glasses on. can't see, you know. The spray.

:38:28.:38:31.

Right, with your glasses on, tell me what that number is. To pass, he

:38:32.:38:35.

must be able to read it from 20 metres away. You can't see it, OK.

:38:35.:38:45.
:38:45.:38:47.

Walk a bit further, closer. OK? Erm... Yeah. You can see it, where?

:38:47.:38:54.

Now? J O J. J O J. OK, that's fine. Do us a favour, hold that. Just

:38:54.:38:58.

there. Because of something on his glasses, concrete spray, he says,

:38:58.:39:02.

he can only see the number from 10 metres. He's failed the test. If

:39:02.:39:08.

only he'd gone to Space Savers. 'The test is 20 metres,' and he

:39:08.:39:12.

could see after 10 metres, this number plate. Which was a bit of a

:39:12.:39:15.

concern to me, the fact that he was driving in the dark in these

:39:15.:39:21.

glasses only being able to see that much. Right, that there, providing

:39:21.:39:27.

you can see it, is details of the car you hit, OK. It's got the

:39:27.:39:37.
:39:37.:39:59.

gentleman's name, his insurance company, his address I feel guilty.

:39:59.:40:03.

I feel shame. But I am only British single guy who is going to work on

:40:03.:40:06.

concrete bridges. Tall, skinny guy. You can see my arm, you can see

:40:06.:40:12.

everything. But I feel ashamed. I am not going to any drive more.

:40:12.:40:15.

is the norm for any road accident, the driver is going to be put

:40:15.:40:19.

through the procedure of a breath test. Have you drunk any alcohol in

:40:19.:40:24.

the last 24 hours? No? Good man. OK, because you were involved in a road

:40:24.:40:27.

traffic collision, OK, we require a specimen of breath. Have you ever

:40:27.:40:35.

done this before? No. Right. Never in my life. OK, no problem. You

:40:35.:40:38.

understand what I'm telling you, yeah? OK, seal your lips around the

:40:38.:40:41.

tube, long continual breath, blow. Keep blowing, keep blowing, keep

:40:41.:40:45.

blowing, and stop. OK, what it does now, it analyses your breath for me.

:40:45.:40:48.

And it'll tell me if anything, if you've got any alcohol in your

:40:48.:40:55.

system. From what you were telling me it should come up zero. But it

:40:55.:41:00.

hasn't. Even for a seasoned traffic cop like Craig, the reading that

:41:00.:41:07.

has come up is a complete shock. Have you seriously not drunk any

:41:07.:41:13.

alcohol? It's well over the 35 limit. You're lying to me. You're

:41:13.:41:21.

under arrest. OK. The man appears to be blind drunk. You don't have

:41:21.:41:24.

to say anything but it may harm your defence if you fail to mention

:41:24.:41:27.

something which you later rely on it court.... Come on. This way.

:41:27.:41:32.

Nice try. 134. At that reading, you expect to be seeing signs, some

:41:32.:41:35.

form of sign, be it slurred speech, staggering a bit, not making sense

:41:35.:41:43.

with your words. Actually, being four times the limit, as he is,

:41:43.:41:47.

most people wouldn't still be standing. 'I think both myself and

:41:47.:41:50.

Craig thought the machine might have been a little bit wrong,'

:41:50.:41:53.

because the guy walked, talked, didn't smell of any alcohol, and as

:41:53.:42:03.

far as I was concerned he was as sober as anyone. A little bit of

:42:03.:42:09.

what? Only a vodka and one beer. Vodka and beer? Only. How much

:42:09.:42:17.

vodka did you have? Erm... ..that much. Just that much, and a beer?

:42:17.:42:22.

No, beer is fuller. But only that much. OK. So you're telling me

:42:22.:42:29.

you've only today, you've only had one vodka and one... Beer. And...

:42:29.:42:35.

Two beer. And two beers? Yeah. I'm not a bad guy. No, no, no, no. No-

:42:35.:42:38.

one's saying you're a bad guy, but we'll see what your reading is.

:42:38.:42:44.

Because I can't see. It's concrete spray. I think what we'll go with,

:42:44.:42:48.

you can't see and you've had a bit too much to drink. Yeah. Yeah, I

:42:48.:42:53.

think that's fairer... I can understand. It's my fault. I mean,

:42:53.:42:57.

him himself, he's a very personable guy. But at the end of the day,

:42:57.:43:03.

he's a potential killer. And that's why we have to get him off the road.

:43:03.:43:06.

The roadside breathalyser is normally pretty accurate. Even so,

:43:07.:43:09.

the man who's still showing no outward signs of being drunk is

:43:10.:43:17.

going to be tested again on a specially calibrated machine.

:43:17.:43:20.

know, he was walking steadily and he was talking all right, his eyes

:43:20.:43:26.

looked OK. Everything said that he was sober. For the offence of?

:43:26.:43:32.

Positive breath test at a road traffic collision. While we're

:43:32.:43:35.

waiting, can you put everything in your pockets on here for me,

:43:35.:43:39.

please? 'We took him back to custody, where we booked him in

:43:39.:43:42.

with the custody sergeant.' He obviously saw the funny side of it,

:43:43.:43:46.

as well. Cos people just haven't seen it, to get the blind and the

:43:46.:43:50.

drunk in one go, and especially to be standing like he was. He did

:43:50.:43:58.

throw a lot of officers. What are they? Equally bizarre is what's in

:43:58.:44:04.

his pockets. You don't know what they are? After drink. You have

:44:04.:44:10.

them after a drink. Oh, my God. That could be the problem. What are

:44:10.:44:17.

they? I've no...I don't know! are in fact poppy heads, used to

:44:17.:44:21.

make poppy tea, which can contain morphine. Are these poppies?

:44:21.:44:24.

Despite being in his pockets, the man doesn't seem to know anything

:44:24.:44:31.

about them. Hang on, they're in your pocket. Not my jacket. It's

:44:31.:44:38.

not your jacket? No. My friend's jacket. It's your friend's? After

:44:38.:44:41.

we drink, I wear it. And then drive the car. It was quite comical, the

:44:42.:44:45.

way he come out with everything just to try and push it all the way,

:44:45.:44:49.

and no, it's nothing to do with him. Right, come on then. Go on, keep

:44:49.:44:52.

going, keep going, go on, go on, go on, keep going, keep going, keep

:44:53.:44:55.

going, keep going, keep going, go on, lovely. We've done it. All

:44:56.:45:00.

right. OK, do you want to sit down before you fall down? Right, well

:45:00.:45:03.

unfortunately you're just over the limit by a little bit, sort of,

:45:03.:45:13.
:45:13.:45:13.

about four times the limit. Yeah? Yeah, four times the limit.

:45:13.:45:16.

reading backs up the initial roadside test. He's going to need

:45:16.:45:21.

some real tea to help him sober up. 'He had a wife and he's got

:45:21.:45:25.

children as well. 'And he did state the day after, he was going up

:45:25.:45:28.

north with his family, 'and he'd be under the influence of alcohol with

:45:28.:45:38.
:45:38.:45:45.

those in the car.' So it's just a... In Luton, Shona is back on duty,

:45:45.:45:51.

and on the lookout for more bad drivers. She doesn't find it hard,

:45:51.:45:55.

because for some reason she's got a knack of being in the right place

:45:55.:45:58.

at the right time. 'Being on traffic gives me a chance to do

:45:58.:46:00.

what I enjoy doing best really, reacting to circumstances 'and

:46:00.:46:08.

being able to go hunting. 'Nine times out of ten you're bound to

:46:08.:46:11.

come across something.' And that unfortunately, or fortunately for

:46:11.:46:15.

me, just happens to be my way, that things come to me without me having

:46:15.:46:25.
:46:25.:46:28.

to look too hard. Already something has caught her eye. What are these

:46:28.:46:32.

two getting up to over here? 'My attention was drawn to two guys at

:46:32.:46:37.

the side of a quite nice Jaguar car parked up. 'It just looked like

:46:37.:46:43.

it'd been dumped, just literally driven in and stopped.' Hello! Yeah,

:46:43.:46:51.

who's car's that then? This? Yeah. It's mine. It's yours, is it?

:46:51.:46:54.

Are you driving it? Yeah, well not at the moment, no. Why? What's the

:46:54.:46:58.

matter with it? It's got something wrong with it underneath. Oh, has

:46:58.:47:02.

it? Yeah. Oh, heavens. Where have you driven from this morning then?

:47:02.:47:06.

We went from our home. Which is where? In Bray. Right, and where

:47:06.:47:12.

are you going to? We've got to wait here now. My dad's coming. Right,

:47:12.:47:17.

what's wrong with it then? Let's have a look. It's got a problem

:47:17.:47:20.

under here. Golf Alpha Seven, is there any unit that can come and

:47:20.:47:23.

assist me, please, on Dunstable road, next to the ESSO garage?

:47:23.:47:28.

'Yeah, we're behind you.' You do learn how to read people, and you

:47:28.:47:32.

do know how... When they're lying to you, you can pick it up pretty

:47:32.:47:35.

quickly, cos they...they waffle. And they're a little bit woolly

:47:35.:47:41.

with their answers, so to speak. So did you drive here, then? No.

:47:41.:47:48.

did you get here? Here? Yeah. How have you got onto this forecourt.

:47:48.:47:52.

My...my friend come and drove us here. And now he's gone. Have a

:47:52.:47:56.

look. Step away. Step away, just step to the back of the car for me.

:47:57.:48:01.

Just go and step to the back of the car. I'm not going to bend down if

:48:01.:48:06.

you're that close to me. Just move away and I'll have a look. Have you

:48:06.:48:15.

got the keys to your car? What's the...? Nothing, they're

:48:15.:48:21.

both...hang on. Can I have the keys to your car, just two seconds?

:48:21.:48:26.

Just... Sorry, he's searching this guy's jacket. Right. Which made me

:48:26.:48:29.

think, has he got something on him? He's seen all the police cars and

:48:29.:48:33.

wants to dump stuff. So I pulled up. They're being cagey about how they

:48:33.:48:36.

got here. They said there's something wrong with the car and

:48:36.:48:39.

someone's collecting it. So I want to check it and get some details.

:48:39.:48:43.

Is that all right? Sorry. Enough to give us a search? The man in the

:48:43.:48:46.

baseball cap's story really doesn't add up. It's his car and he had the

:48:46.:48:49.

keys, yet he says somebody else, who's not there, has been driving

:48:49.:48:52.

it. Well, no, that's why I'm wondering how your car's got here.

:48:52.:48:55.

I told you, my friend. And then it bloody went kaput underneath.

:48:55.:48:58.

there's nothing hanging down. well, I don't...I don't... I don't

:48:59.:49:02.

really see... So who? Is it your...? That's all right, no, it's

:49:02.:49:05.

fine. Yeah, but I don't really see why all these police cars are here.

:49:05.:49:10.

You know, what for? Nobody was driving it when you come here.

:49:10.:49:17.

that's fine. You know that, so... was get... I think I was getting my

:49:17.:49:24.

jacket out of the back. So it's your car, is it, Paul? Yeah, it is

:49:24.:49:27.

my car but my brother's the one on the log book. Oh, right, OK. Paul

:49:27.:49:30.

has got an explanation why he wasn't driving his car. It's very

:49:30.:49:34.

annoying. I mean, I can't drive because I'm... I've had a crash in

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2002 and I mean, it was a stolen car, and, you know, my girlfriend

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died and because of that I'm... I think I've changed my life. And,

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you know, I loved her and so to drive, for me, would just be stupid

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and I wouldn't do it. Paul is a disqualified driver. Thank you, I

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appreciate that. See, I haven't had... Haven't no bad dealings with

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the police for quite some time now. I used to be a real bad one, you

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know. Yeah, but I'm not any more. Without any proof he was driving

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today, Shona's going to have to let him go. But it really rankles.

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though he'd come up with his story, I still believed that he'd been

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driving. He'd seen the amount of police vehicles in the area, and

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had thought, actually I'd better stop driving before I get caught

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driving, and then leave the car and then come back when all the police

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cars have disappeared. That's what I had in the back of my mind. But

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there is a glimmer of hope for Shona. She's going to check the

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garage's CCTV system to see if anything might have been caught on

:50:38.:50:48.
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one of their cameras. And it has. And the CCTV showed the chap with

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the baseball cap getting out of the driver's door. So this story of his

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mate driving him onto the forecourt, having broken down and left it

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there and waiting for recovery was clearly just that. From just a

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little bit of police work and some questioning, we've got a

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disqualified driver who we've not even seen driving but he's been

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caught on CCTV driving. It's the end of the road for Paul. Even

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though his driving ban from 2002 was up, he had never bothered to

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retake his test and become a legal driver again. So you know, like

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it's driving whilst disqualified, ain't it? Yeah. Yeah. When were you

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disqualified? A long time ago? Yeah. Was that me that got you

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disqualified? No, no. Unless you was there when... Paul's looking at

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a further disqualification from driving and will have his Jag

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seized. A bitter pill for him to swallow. It is pretty bad, because

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it's going to be quite horrific for him to not only be in an accident

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where somebody's died, but to have lost a loved one. It does make you

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think, oh, it must be quite hard for him to even get back in a car,

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let alone consider driving it, especially when you've been

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Following the terrifying crossover accident near Toddington on the M1,

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the traffic is running normally again, and Bob's side of the

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investigation is all but over. He's discounted there being any

:52:29.:52:39.
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mechanical problems with the lorry itself. Using the plan, we can plot

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the vehicles through, identifying impact points and vehicle movements.

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And although his sketches tell the story of how it all happened, they

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can't begin to tell why it happened. However, there's been a discovery

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that could help answer the question. In the cabin of the wagon that he

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was driving, we found various documents that related to him and

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his driver's history. Whenever people drive heavy good vehicles

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professionally, they must keep a tachograph, which is effectively a

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record of how long they've been driving, how fast they've driven

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and how far they've driven. There were a few discrepancies over the

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course of a few months. On a few occasions he'd exceeded his daily

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driving allowance. He'd failed to take breaks and so forth. He had

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worked the previous night, finished in the wee small hours, and then

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had a telephone call from his drivers' agency telling him that

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this particular company were a man short and that he would be required

:53:27.:53:37.
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to work. That left him a fairly short amount of time between shifts.

:53:41.:53:51.
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We worked out he'd been without food for 17 hours. And we just

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couldn't believe that. 'There's always a cause to an accident.

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'Whether that be a mechanical failure, whether that be someone's

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poor driving, 'there's always a cause to an accident.' We obviously

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need to find out what his version of events are. Three weeks after

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the accident, they are at last going to hear his side of the story.

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In order to do it formally, he's been summoned to the police station

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to be arrested, on suspicion of dangerous driving. We need to

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ascertain some detail from him that we're not able to just talk to him

:54:34.:54:39.

about. We need to do it formally so that we can gather his version of

:54:39.:54:43.

events as evidence. He remembered passing the services, and as he

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passed the entrance to the services he remembered feeling a bit woozy,

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sweaty, clammy and generally unwell. He considered moving to the hard

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shoulder, but that was coned off. He then thought that he could make

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it to the safety of the junction, and that was the last thing that he

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remembered. However, he also revealed that when he was in

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hospital, it was discovered that he had a pre-existing medical

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condition that could cause him to lose consciousness. As a

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consequence, the Crown Prosecution Service decided it could not

:55:18.:55:21.

proceed with the case, despite a lack of sustenance also being a

:55:21.:55:27.

possible cause. I presented the evidence to the CPS to say, 'this

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is what the hospital have said, this is what we BELIEVE might have

:55:33.:55:36.

happened.' Andy and I think he had low blood sugar, he's passed out at

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the wheel, because of the amount of time that he has gone without food.

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And because of that, the CPS said we can't run it, purely can't run

:55:43.:55:48.

it. Because if a credible medical expert comes up and says, yes, he

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had that condition, it would be thousands of pounds wasted at court.

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The driver of the crushed Passat who survived the impact with the

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lorry, Nigel Sweeney, has been left feeling frustrated, but lucky to be

:56:03.:56:13.

alive. Jeez. This... Seeing it like that is... Understand why, you know,

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the damage was done. As soon as I got into hospital, I thought to

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myself, well, how could that have happened? What...what was...? Why

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did the lorry swerve? It's the first time he's seen the pictures

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of the crash. See, even now, I can't remember it like that. I

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can't... I just... Just remember walking away. It's actually quite

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horrendous. It's worse than I thought it was. Took a time for the

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lorry to hit me and I keep thinking to myself maybe I could have

:56:44.:56:47.

avoided him. Could I have done something to... To have stayed out

:56:47.:56:57.
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of his way? Huh...Jeez. Oh, God. I'm glad I've seen it now because

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it... It's actually different to what I remember, and now I can

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actually piece it all together, to be honest. I felt that I cheated

:57:09.:57:13.

death, basically. I really thought I was going to die when I saw the

:57:13.:57:21.

lorry come bearing down on me. disqualified Jag driver who wasn't

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so lucky when he was caught in the act on a garage's CCTV, was banned

:57:25.:57:28.

from driving for a further three years and given a 12-week suspended

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prison sentence. The man Shona thought was

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somebody's granddad was fined a �100 and given six points for

:57:37.:57:42.

driving without insurance or a valid licence. He wasn't charged

:57:42.:57:46.

with shoplifting. His two passengers were though, the male

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was given a four month suspended prison sentence for two counts of

:57:49.:57:51.

theft and his accomplice a community order for a number of

:57:51.:58:01.
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different offences. The young driver chased and caught by the

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cops turned out to be only 16 years old. He wasn't a burglar after all,

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but he had pinched his mum's car, for which he was given a three-

:58:09.:58:12.

month Youth Referral Order. And the tall skinny guy didn't only

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lie about the amount he had drunk, he also lied about his identity. He

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The traffic cops are called in to deal with a horrific crash on the busy M1. Usually, on the motorway, accidents are confined to a single direction, but on this occasion an out-of-control forty-tonne lorry has careered over the central reservation straight into oncoming traffic, with terrifying consequences.


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