A LEADING politician’s direct action helped save motorists from serious harm during the evening rush-hour.
Flintshire Council deputy leader Cllr Bernie Attridge was driving home to Connah’s Quay from County Hall in Mold last night.
He feared someone might get killed when he found himself behind a car being driven erratically along Mold Road just before 6pm.
Police later confirmed to Cllr Attridge that the driver had been arrested after failing a breath test test by blowing 127mgs per 100mls. The legal limit is 35.
Cllr Attridge said when he noticed the car driving dangerously on Mold Road, he initially thought the vehicle had steering problems.
“But it continued and continued,” he said.
Cllr Attridge said when he saw cars having to mount the pavement to avoid the vehicle, he was afraid someone would be killed.
“Cars were driving on the kerb because he was on the wrong side of the road and then on the opposite side.
“Cars were mounting the kerb to save getting hit.”
The councillor said at one point the car crashed at a roundabout so he approached the car to speak to the driver.
“There were three occupants – the driver and another man and a woman,” he said.
“I tried to take the keys but he drove over my foot and drove off.”
Cllr Attridge, who said he did not sustain any serious injury, got back into his car, followed the vehicle down Breeze Hill and then onto Chester Road West with his hazard lights flashing and phoned the police.
He said he told the emergency services personnel: “I said if you don’t come soon and stop this car, there’s going to be a serious accident.
“I was just genuinely fearful someone was going to get killed,” he said.
“With cars driving on the pavement, it could have been kids or anyone.
“At one point, two boys had to jump over a wall or he would have ploughed into them,” he said.
Cllr Attridge was still following the car which at times had all four wheels on the pavement when it crashed into another car at the top of Ash Grove at the roadworks in Shotton.
“I jumped out and went and opened the driver’s side and took the keys out,” he said.
“It was unlikely he could have gone anywhere but just in case.”
Cllr Attridge said police led the driver off in handcuffs.
“If I hadn’t followed him and made the police aware, who knows what would have happened,” he said.
“I had to do something. Someone was going to get killed.”