Man arrested after reports of car driving erratically near M1 junction

A man has been arrested after reports of a car driving erratically near an M1 junction.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 2:36 pm

A man has been arrested after reports of a car driving erratically near an M1 junction.

The PSNI probe began after reports of a car driving erratically near the Carn junction of the M1 on Tuesday morning at around 9.40am.

A man was subsequently arrested in Gilford an hour later following searches, aided by a police dog, near Portadown Health Centre.

Police are appealing for information about Saturday night's incident.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “At approximately 9.40am yesterday morning, Tuesday April 20th police received a report of a red Ford Focus driving erratically close to the Carn/Portadown junction of the M1.

“The vehicle was subsequently spotted by officers driving along Bridge Street South in Portadown before proceeding onto Meadow Lane. The vehicle then turned into a carpark where police attempted to approach however the driver reversed out at speed and made off.

“The Focus was then abandoned at Portadown Health Centre a short time later. The three male occupants were reported to have gotten into another car, a grey Peugeot 307, driven by a female before leaving the area. This vehicle was stopped by police on Dunbarton Street in Gilford at approximately 10.46am.

“A 26-year-old male on board, believed to have been the driver of the Focus, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit, driving with no insurance and failing to stop for police as well as possession of a Class B and Class C drug.

“Police, assisted by a police dog, carried out a search of the Ford Focus and the vehicle was seized. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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