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West Yorkshire Police have released a video showing ‘one of the worst impairment tests’ their officers had ever seen after pulling over a drugged-up driver. You can see the test here:
The motorist was pulled over after driving recklessly on the M621 in September 2019 and given a fitness to drive test. The man was found to have cannabis in his system and a small quantity of mephedrone in his car.
In the clip, the motorist can be seen struggling to simply place one foot in front of the other as he attempts to walk in a straight line.
The officer can be heard instructing: “OK, so whenever you’re ready, left foot on the line.”
He then suggests the man take his hands out of his pockets before asking him to count his steps - but the simple task is far too much for the man who wobbles about and can barely place one foot in front of the other.
The clip then cuts to footage of how the bloke was driving before he was pulled over, where his bronze-coloured Nissan Qashqai was spotted by cops swerving all over the road and almost bumping into another car.
Once he came off the motorway, police were able to safely stop him and ask him to do a Field Impairment Test (FIT) - which includes being asked to walk in a straight line and other exercises.
After failing the test in a quite spectacular fashion, the officer tells him: “I’ve done your test. I think from the findings of that test, I’m happy to say that you’re impaired by something.
“Out of all the tests I have ever done, that’s probably the worst I have ever seen.”
The man in clip was convicted of driving while unfit through drink or drugs, possession of a Class B drug and driving without insurance.
The footage has been shared by West Yorkshire Police in an attempt to discourage others from drink or drug driving over the Christmas period.
Chief Inspector Katy Woodmason, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “We know that over the Christmas period there tends to be an increase in family meet-ups, work dos and social gatherings, which can all contribute to an increase in, particularly, drink driving both on the night and the morning after.
“Last year for the first time, potentially due to pubs and bars being closed because of the pandemic, we saw nearly the same amount of arrests for drug driving as drink driving.”