Motorist arrested following crash into ditch

PUBLISHED: 13:14 15 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:19 15 November 2019

Police were then called at 9.33pm to Gillingham Dam, in Gillingham. Picture: Google Maps

Police were then called at 9.33pm to Gillingham Dam, in Gillingham. Picture: Google Maps


A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a single-vehicle crash into a dam on the Norfolk and Suffolk border.

Emergency services were called to North Gate, in Beccles, just after 9.20pm on Thursday, November 14 to reports of a fail to stop following a crash between a silver car and a white van.

The female driver of the silver car was not injured, however driver of the white van drove away from the scene.

Police were then called at 9.33pm to Gillingham Dam, in Gillingham, after a van crashed into a ditch.

An ambulance, three appliances from Bungay, Beccles and Lowestoft South Fire station were called to the crash to help release a man.

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A Suffolk and Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We had a call from the police at 9.34pm, we called a stop to our side of things at 9.55pm.

"It was a one vehicle RTC and the fire service released the casualty and passed the male casualty over to the ambulance service.

"It was a van, the casualty wasn't trapped, but we did help the ambulance service to get them out."

A Suffolk Police spokesperson said the 27-year-old driver failed a road-side breath test and was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and on suspicion of failing to stop following a road traffic collision.

He was transportedto the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston before he was taken to the Great Yarmouth Investigation Unit where he remains.

A spokesperson from the ambulance service, said: "We were called at 9.34pm with reports of a collision in Gillingham Dam, Beccles. We sent one ambulance and took a patient James Paget Hospital for further care."

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