Diligent police work and having the right officers with the right equipment patrolling our communities means a drug driver who was driving without insurance has been disqualified.
We know the majority of our drivers in the county drive safely, have insurance and respect the safety of others. Keeping our road users safe means acting against drivers who flout road traffic law.
In the early hours of 30 March 23, Officer’s saw May Woodward, 20, of Sea Lane, Huttoft, driving her black Ford Fiesta when she pulled out in front of them at Gunby Roundabout, near Skegness, causing them to brake hard to avoid a collision.
They indicated Woodward must pull over and stop which she failed to do; she accelerated away travelling towards Gunby.
Shortly afterwards, a second officer who was searching for the driver and vehicle saw the reflection of a number plate through a hedge. He went to investigate and found the black Fiesta which had failed to stop. The driver had attempted to hide it. He saw someone running away from the vehicle into the darkness.
That officer was equipped with a drone which he immediately deployed to search for the driver across a vast muddy field and woodland. Using the thermal imaging camera he was able to locate a heat source in a ditch. Woodward was located hiding in the water filled ditch, she was soaking wet and was retrieved to safety before being arrested.
Woodward was subsequently charged and pleaded guilty to failing to stop, driving over the limit for cannabis and cocaine and driving without insurance.
On 2 February at Lincoln Magistrates Court, she was disqualified from driving for 16 months and costs of £199.
Thermal image footage showing officers locating a woman in a ditch