Man arrested for assaulting a police officer on the scene of overturned lorry in Rugby - and it wasn't the driver

A witness reports seeing a recovery driver handcuffed and driven off in the back of a police car

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 12:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th May 2021, 12:02 pm
Part of the Straight Mile has been closed near Rugby due to an overturned lorry. Photo by Dave Hastings.

A bizarre set of events unfolded after a man believed to be a recovery driver attending the scene of an upturned lorry on the Straight Mile ended up arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Earlier this morning, May 20, part of the Straight Mile near Rugby was closed when a lorry turned on its side and went into a ditch, trapping the driver.

A witness then reports a dispute with police and the recovery vehicle as to who should recover the lorry taking place.

Part of the Straight Mile has been closed near Rugby due to an overturned lorry. Photo by Dave Hastings.

The witness then reports a recovery driver was handcuffed and taken off in the back of a police car.

Police told the Advertiser a man, not the driver of the lorry, had indeed been arrested at the scene.

A spokesperson said: "A 29-year-old man from the Lutterworth area (not the driver of the lorry) was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and obstructing a police officer.

"The arrest followed an alleged altercation at the scene."