Driver who crashed 'swerved to avoid octopus'

Tuesday 5th February 2019 9:45 pm
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The driver of a car that overturned in a crash told police he 'swerved to avoid an octopus'.

Emergency services were called to the A381 near the South Milton turning, between Kingsbridge and Salcombe, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday, where a car had crashed.

The driver of the red Suzuki Swift, a 49-year-old man from Salcombe, was arrested on suspicion of drug driving. He was released under investigation pending further inquiries on Wednesday afternoon.

When we posted the news on our website, people from across the area commented on the strange turn of events.

Former Kingsbridge mayor Chris Povey said: “All joking aside, we’re very worried about our pet octopus, Ollie. He’s been missing since lunchtime today from Malborough. He was spotted heading to Kingsbridge late afternoon.

“We’re very concerned as he is much loved by all the family, especially by Dolly, our pet Dolphin. Any sightings, please get in touch. Thank you.”

Dan Curtis said: “What if the drugs test comes back clean? He should’ve gone to Specsavers instead of an optician’s in Totnes.”

Peter Harris said: “Don’t write this guy off so quick. Back in December we narrowly missed a giant octopus crossing the road at the same spot. It was carrying two bags of shopping and pushing a pushchair. It has no road sense at all. Something should be done.”

Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal and police can now swab for drug driving at the roadside. This applies to both illegal drugs and prescribed or over-the-counter medication. The effects of taking drugs may last for some time after they are taken and probably longer than than many think.

If you are concerned about prescribed or over-the-counter medication, then consult your doctor or pharmacist and they can advise you on whether your ability to drive will be affected. You can find out more at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk under ‘advice’.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident and no octopus was found at the scene.

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