A male has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving following a collision in Newport earlier this evening (Wednesday), in which a small van ended up on its side.
Emergency services were called to St George’s Way, at the junction of Furrlongs, shortly after 19:00 following reports of a 2-vehicle collision involving a Ford Focus ST and a Suzuki Carry van.
Amazingly, no one was seriously injured in the incident which blocked the current 1-way road entirely. However, both vehicles have been damaged alongside a number of heras fencing panels at the side of the carriageway – currently in place for roadworks in the area.
Island Echo can reveal that a drugs wipe conducted at the roadside indicated a positive result for the driver of the Focus, leading to an arrest.
The currently unidentified male has been arrested on suspicion of driving with concentration of specified controlled drug above specified limit (drug driving) and taken into custody at Newport Police Station.
Recovery of the vehicles is taking place and the road is expected to re-open shortly.
UPDATE @ 12:20 – A 39-year-old from Brading has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving and released under investigation pending test results, Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed.
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