Suspected drunk driver who was four times over limit ran from police after A1 crash

The crash happened this morning.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:09 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 12:21 pm

The driver involved in a crash on the A1 near Fort Kinnaird this morning has been arrested for drink-driving.

Both the driver and passenger ran from the scene of the crash, but were caught by police on foot.

The 43-year-old man driving was arrested after giving a breath test of 98, more than four times over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

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The incident occurred on the A1 between the Edinburgh City Bypass and the Newcraighall Junction during rush hour this morning.

Nobody was injured.

Scottish Road Police wrote on Twitter: "#EdinburghRP attended a one vehicle collision on the A1 this morning.

"The driver and passenger fled on foot, but following a short foot pursuit were apprehended.

Picture: Police Scotland.

"The driver provided a roadside breath test reading of 98, was arrested and now undergoing further station procedures."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in Edinburgh have arrested and charged a 43-year-old man in connection with road traffic offences following a crash on the A1 near Fort Kinnaird retail park which happened at around 7.40am today (Thursday, 9 January). Nobody was injured.

"The man is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Friday, 10 January."