EXCLUSIVE: SUSPECTED IMPAIRED DRIVER TASERED AFTER CRASHING VAN IN KNIGHTON

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The driver of a Transit van has been tasered by Police after crashing into a tree at Knighton this evening (Sunday). 

Members of the public came across the Ford Transit tipper on Knighton Shute at just before 19:20.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident and paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service were the first to arrive on scene.

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However, when Police arrived just minutes later, the male driver of the van – who was still behind the wheel – became agitated and aggressive before running away dow n the dark lane.

Officers deployed taser to stop the man in his tracks before detaining him on the floor – all witnessed by Island Echo’s reporter.

The driver has now been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

He has been assessed by paramedics and is being taken to St Mary’s Hospital flanked by 2 officers. Later, he is expected be taken to Newport Custody Suite.

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UPDATEIsland Echo understands the vehicle collided with a wall and car ahead of the collision with the tree. Skid marks and mud can also be seen throughout Newchurch and Knighton, where the vehicle has collided with grass banks.

The van has now been recovered from the scene and emergency services have stood down.

UPDATE MONDAY – It has been confirmed that a 28-year-old man from East Sussex has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

He remains in custody at this time.

 

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Truth
Truth
2 months ago

There’s many more like him on our roads, it’s quite worrying really..

Red squirrel
Red squirrel
2 months ago

Yet more scum on our roads.

Gee
Gee
2 months ago

Hope the tree is okay

adam
adam
2 months ago

im sure the ghosts were awaken after that becuese knighton is the most haunted place on the island

Sunshine
Sunshine
2 months ago

Dangerous. Off the roads for a while which is a good thing. Sorry for the innocent owner who’s car got hit by this idiot. What is wrong with morons who think it is ok to drink/drug drive. Well done to the Police. Tasered, ha ha ha. Bet he wasn’t expecting that.

Dingdong
Dingdong
Reply to  Sunshine
2 months ago

Surely not from the IOW police

Smithy
Smithy
2 months ago

What was he doing here anyway if he’s from East Sussex? Working?

Moi
Moi
Reply to  Smithy
2 months ago

Probably working on the island Fly-Tipping from the looks of the vehicle

Sonic
Sonic
2 months ago

 East Sussex ? Why was he over here? Working?

Why.. ?
Why.. ?
Reply to  Sonic
2 months ago

What lockdown ?? Is vehicle insured… , hmmm not when unfit to drive !

TKSENSE
TKSENSE
2 months ago

Member of traveling comunity as easy pickings on Island and fly tipping is easy

Tom
Tom
Reply to  TKSENSE
2 months ago

But getting here is not, don’t be daft.

VentnorRichard
VentnorRichard
2 months ago

Probably had Covid. Only explanation..

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