UPDATED: A high-performance road car has ploughed into trees overnight on the outskirts of Brading, leaving the vehicle an insurance write-off.
The incident happened in the early hours of this morning as the orange Ford Focus ST traveled between Ryde and Brading. It is understood the driver came over the railway bridge at Rowborough Corner, before clipping the bridge wall, loosing control and going head-on into the trees lining the road.
Freezing temperatures last night, which led to the gritters salting the Island’s road network, could have played a part in the incident. It is also believed that speed could have been a factor in the cause of the collision.
Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit have placed a ‘Police aware’ sticker on the vehicle to notify other drivers that the incident is known to them. No recovery has yet been arranged for the expensive vehicle.
UPDATED @ 13:25 – Island Echo understands that the driver, who we are not naming, left the scene of the incident on the A3055 Rowborough Lane at around 02:00 this morning and has since been located.
A teenage male passenger, who Island Echo are also not naming, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary. The passenger side door was jammed, preventing the teenager exiting the vehicle.
No further arrests have been made at this time. It is currently unknown as to the full circumstances which led up to the collision.
The road remains open in both directions, however motorists are urged to take care as loose pieces of bodywork and glass are lining the roadside which could cause punctures or obstruction.