Man arrested on suspicion of motoring offences after crash in Wensleydale

The incident occurred in the Chantry Bank area of West Witton. Photo: Google.

A man was arrested after a search involving a police helicopter in Wensleydale on Saturday night.

The arrest came after a car crashed in the Chantry Bank area of West Witton.

Local residents said the vehicle, a Mini, hit a wall and fencing, before running over a child’s scooter.

It is understood the occupant of the vehicle ran off but was later arrested in the area following a large search by officers, with the police helicopter called in to help.

North Yorkshire Police said a 27-year old man from West Burton was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of failing to stop for police, driving without insurance and drink driving.

A spokesperson added: “The arrest followed reports earlier that evening that a man was driving in the West Burton area in drink and that same vehicle was seen driving in an erratic manner at speed by local officers.

“The man has been release under investigation while enquiries continue.”

One local resident said they were very pleased with the quick response from the police, who sought help from one household to wash the mud off their boots after the search.

“It is very reassuring that they are so swift in action,” said one semi-retired grandmother of 13.

An online appeal was organised by local villagers to raise money to replace the child’s scooter damaged in the incident.

Almost £200 was raised within 24 hours.