15 March 2011, 12:40
Police are asking the public to help trace the driver of a car seen travelling on the wrong side of the road before colliding with two other vehicles in Sutton-in-Ashfield last month.
A silver Fiat Brava travelling along Outram Street from the direction of New Cross at around 10.15pm on Saturday 26 February was captured briefly on CCTV being driven on the wrong side of the road.
The car reached Northbridge and turned right towards Priestsic Road, travelling at speed. As the driver reached a mini-roundabout they lost control of the car and it collided with a silver VW Golf, forcing that car off the road.
The driver of the Golf sustained minor head and whiplash injuries and was treated at Kings Mill Hospital.
The Fiat was then driven off towards the Lammas area of the town, crashing into a parked silver Peugeot 106 as it did so.
The footage shows the Fiat then turning in to Church Street. Its front offside wheel is seen sparking and the car has evident collision damage.
Investigating officer PC Stewart Carr said: “Whoever was at the wheel of the Fiat was not only driving dangerously but clearly had no regard for the safety of other road users. One person was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after their vehicle was struck by the Fiat. It could have been very much worse.
“We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the Fiat driving through Sutton on that night to contact us. Not only would it have raised suspicions by driving along one of the busiest streets in the town on the wrong side of the road, but the sparking caused by its wheel and the fact that it had been badly damaged by the collisions would also have attracted attention.”
Anyone who saw the Fiat Brava driving through Sutton on February 26, or who believes they saw the vehicle subsequently, is urged to telephone Nottinghamshire Police Motorway Unit on 0300 300 99 99, ext 800 2241. Alternatively, they can telephone Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.