Several mainland-based officers descended on the Island in unmarked cars to catch out unsuspecting motorists driving against the rules of the road.
The traffic operation – mainly in Newport and Ryde – proved to be a success with 5 individuals arrested under the Road Traffic Act on suspicion of drug drive offences. All 5 have been released under investigation pending blood analysis – but should tests prove positive then they will appear before the courts at a later date.
1 individual was arrested for being concerned in the supply of drugs.
Officers seized 6 vehicles for a having no insurance or the driver having no licence. A ticket was also issued to a driver for using a mobile phone at the wheel.
As previously reported by Island Echo, last week also saw 2 fail to stop pursuits which were linked to local intelligence. The first was in East Cowes on Tuesday, followed by another pursuit in the Lake area on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:
“We will continue to proactively stop vehicles we believe are involved in drug supply. We know you think you can avoid us but we will catch up with you eventually…
“We receive lots of information from our community as we clearly cannot be everywhere at once. If you notice any suspicious behaviour please report online as always at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/“.
Local officers seized a car in Sandown yesterday (Thursday) as the driver had failed to properly tax the Toyota Chaser.