Conservative councillor arrested on suspicion of drink driving after collision involving pedestrian

Cllr Campbell Dawson.

A Conservative district councillor has been arrested after a pedestrian was hurt in a collision last night.

Richmondshire councillor Campbell Dawson, who represents Croft and Middleton Tyas, was detained following the incident in St Cuthberts Green, Barton, at 8.50pm on Sunday.

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “The incident involved a car and a pedestrian.

“The driver of the car, an 80-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

“He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

“The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.”

Cllr Dawson, from Newton Morrell, has served on Richmondshire District Council since 1991.

He is a former chair of the authority and serves on several council committees, including the audit, governance and standards committee.

A Richmondshire District Council spokesperson said the incident happened in the councillor’s personal time, not while he was on council business.

“Richmondshire District Council will await the outcome of any police investigation before making any further comment.”

Leaders of the Conservative group on the district council declined to comment about the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

To do so dial 101, press one and pass information onto the control room, quoting reference number 12200160840.