Citizen’s arrest as driver fells tree and hits two cars in Haverhill

The damage caused in Chestnut Close, Haverhill

The damage caused in Chestnut Close, Haverhill


A couple sprung out of a taxi to keep a man in his car until police arrived after he hit two parked cars before knocking down a tree and a lamp post.

Police were called to the incident in Chestnut Close, Haverhill, at 6.35pm on Saturday (April 19) after a vehicle mounted a path and verge and clipped a Nissan X-trail and Peugeot Expert before hitting the lamp and tree and ending up on Eastern Avenue.

Lorna Chadwick, 31, and husband Scott, 29, from Haverhill, were getting a taxi to visit her friend when they witnessed the damage.

After Gordon Andrews’ car stopped Scott took the keys from him and the pair held him in the car until police arrived.

“We were just outside my friend’s house paying for our taxi when my husband saw this guy come across the grass and didn’t stop, went up on the kerb, hit the back of our taxi and then ploughed into the lamp post and then the tree,” said Lorna.

“Scott jumped out and went over and took the man’s keys off him and did a citizen’s arrest.

“My husband kept him in the car and I kept the passenger door shut.

“It was quite frightening as I was going to get out of the taxi and could have been dragged down if I had.

“The police were excellent and got there really quickly, and I was relieved when it was all over.”

A local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was very lucky that nobody got hurt as there are often children out playing in Chestnut Close.”

Andrews, 59, from Chestnut Close, has been charged with failing to provide a specimen and will appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court next Friday (May 2).

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, April 24) Echo.




Back to the top of the page