Man rescued from floods before being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

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A 70-year-old man was rescued from his vehicle on Sunday morning by Northamptonshire Police officers after being trapped under a railway bridge in Podington Road, Wymington.

Police received a report at about 6.50am yesterday from a man who was believed to be trapped in his vehicle in a flooded area under a bridge.

The caller was unsure of the location but explained he was somewhere between Rushden and the M1.

At that time the water was described as being at the level of his sun visor.

Officers located the vehicle, which was almost entirely immersed in water, and rescued the man from his car.

The driver received medical treatment and was later arrested by Bedfordshire Police on suspicion of drink-driving.

Police received a report of another incident at 8am today (Monday) involving a vehicle being trapped in flood water - in Boddington Road in the Byfield area, by Boddington Lake.

The fire service rescued a lady from the roof of the vehicle.

Inspector Lisa Wombell said: “Motorists are reminded of the dangers involved in taking risks when driving through areas which are subject to surface flooding. Please don’t do it, take a diversion - your journey may take a little longer, but you will arrive safely.”