A 22-year-old man has been arrested after fleeing the scene of a crash, in which a car collided with at least three parked vehicles and a lamppost in Lincoln.
The crash happened on Queen Elizabeth Road at 2.04am on Monday, May 11.
The man was tracked down in a nearby building by Lincolnshire Police’s drone unit.
He was then arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and he remains in custody, where he will be questioned in due course.
Right place, right time. While on another task operators heard a crash and spotted this person fleeing from a traffic collision in Lincoln. Tracked into a building and officers directed. Person arrested for drink drive. Inc 24 11/05. #DronesForGood #PolicingWithPRIDE pic.twitter.com/C5EIHS1WMy
— Lincolnshire Police Drones (@lincsCOPter) May 11, 2020
Special Sergeant Kevin Taylor, Chief Pilot at Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit, said: “Fortunately the drone was already on a task in the area of the incident as it happened, so this really was a case of having a drone in the right place at the right time.
“Lincolnshire Police drones are fitted with high quality Thermal Imaging capability and with the skills of the Remote Pilot we were able to trace and track the alleged offender. This result once again supports the ongoing investment in drone technology.”
This is the second time in recent weeks that the drone team has captured a drunk driver after a man fleeing a crash was caught hiding in a garden near Lincoln.