Caught on camera: Drunk talked out of driv­ing car

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE - By Louisa Brit­ton lbrit­ton@thek­m­group.co.uk @Brit­tonLouisa

Footage caught on a mo­bile phone shows the mo­ment a man who ap­pears to be drunk was stopped from driv­ing off from a Maid­stone car park.

The video was posted on Face­book by Danny Ti­plady and shows him ap­proach the man be­hind the wheel and ask him not to drive.

It hap­pened at Mote Park just be­fore 2.30pm on Fri­day.

Mr Ti­plady said to the man: “Hon­estly, I’ve seen you climb over the gate there and you fell over three times – you shouldn’t be be­hind the wheel of this car.

“You shouldn’t be driv­ing. I’m just wor­ried you’re go­ing to hurt some­body.

“I don’t want to cause any trou­ble but I don’t want to see any­body hurt ei­ther.”

Mr Ti­plady, who is from Maid­stone, then takes the driver’s keys from him, adding: “I can’t let you do it mate.

“I can’t let you drive that car. I’m go­ing to have to ring the po­lice on you.”

When po­lice ar­rived, of­fi­cers con­fis­cated the man’s keys.

He was told to go home and that he could pick them up from the po­lice sta­tion the next day. Mr Ti­plady said: “I was Snapchat­ting him al­most fall­ing over and I gen­uinely thought it was funny but then he got in the driver’s seat and it struck me with fear.

“I went past the A1 crash six hours af­ter it hap­pened on Thurs­day and I didn’t want to see some­thing like that on the news and known I could have done some­thing.

“The park was full of par­ents and kids and if he had re­versed too heavy-footed, who knows the chaos?

“I felt I was the only one to see him drunk and get into the car so I needed to stop him.”

He added: “I know I saved some­one’s life to­day.”

A po­lice spokesman con­firmed of­fi­cers were called to Mote Park fol­low­ing con­cerns from mem­bers of the pub­lic about a man who was thought to be drunk and about to drive his car.

To see Mr Ti­plady’s video, go to www.ken­ton­line.co.uk/ maid­stone

Danny Ti­plady took this pic­ture af­ter call­ing po­lice to Mote Park when he saw a man who ap­peared to be drunk get be­hind the wheel of a car

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