Cabbie fined after A14 mercy dash

ONE Ipswich taxi driver was doing his best to be a Good Samaritan driving a frantic passenger to the scene of a car crash involving his wife - when he was pulled over and penalised by police.

ONE Ipswich taxi driver was doing his best to be a Good Samaritan driving a frantic passenger to the scene of a car crash involving his wife - when he was pulled over and penalised by police.

Malcolm Ward, of Appleby Close, picked up the “panicked” man at Ipswich railway station on the evening of Thursday, April 16 at about 7.30pm.

“He jumped in my car in a real panic,” he said. “He explained that his wife had been involved in a crash on the A14 just over the Orwell Bridge.

“As we were driving over the bridge and he spotted the blue lights, he started opening the door and telling me to pull over and tried to get out, while I was still moving.”


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So instead of risking injury to his passenger Mr Ward pulled over on to the side of the carriageway, flashing his warning lights to alert other drivers.

“The man just leapt out of the car and threw the money at me, he was rushing to get to the other side of the carriageway where the accident was,” Mr Ward added.

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After re-joining the A14, about 200 yards down the carriageway Mr Ward said he noticed blue lights flashing in his rear view mirror.

Expecting them to just pass him by, the 67-year-old took little notice and left the carriageway at the Seven Hills interchange.

He was surprised to then be pulled over by the police officers and handed a �60 fine and three penalty points for leaving his vehicle in a dangerous position.

“I am quite upset, I said to the officer I was only trying to help this man, and be a Good Samaritan,” Mr Ward said.

“I did try to explain it had been an emergency, and the man was almost hanging out of my cab, I had no other option. I didn't have any time, it happened so quickly, he was opening the door to get out what was I supposed to do?

“Fair enough give me a caution, but I think I got an unfair deal, I have had a clear driving licence for 40 years and this is the first points I have had, it has really got to me.”

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “If a police officer believes a traffic offence has been committed, they will indicate for the driver to pull over safely, speak to the driver and take the action they feel is most appropriate.

“Any complaints received by the Constabulary will be looked into.”

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