Driver 'needed to get away from wife and kids' on 170-mile BMW trip

Covidiot driver tells police he ‘needed to get away from his wife and kids’ after they pull over his BMW on a 170-mile round trip to Cornwall during the Easter weekend

  • Police stopped BMW driver who was out of the house to get away from his family
  • The man, on a 170-mile road trip to Cornwall, was told journey was not essential 
  • Road police teams in Cornwall said they reported several drivers over weekend 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

A BMW driver on a 170-mile round trip to Cornwall on Easter Sunday told police he needed to get out of the house to escape his wife and kids amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The man was spotted by officers on the A30 near Launceston on Easter Sunday and pulled over. 

When questioned about why he felt the need to break restrictions, he said he needed a break from his family. 

Officers from Alliance Roads Policing, the official account for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Roads Policing teams, tweeted about the incident and told the man his journey was not essential.

Officers from Alliance Roads Policing, the official account for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Roads Policing Teams, said they pulled over a man taking his BMW for a 170-mile spin who claimed he wanted to get away from his wife and kids

They wrote: ‘Taking your BMW out for a spin on a 170 mile round trip to have a break from the wife and three kids is also not an essential journey! 

‘The roads are much quieter but there are still people who don’t get it. ‘

They also reported a driver for driving across the county to pick up a boat – then breaking down on a hill.

‘Driving across the county (and then breaking down on a hill) to collect the second hand boat you just bought is not an essential journey either. Driver reported near Bodmin.’

Police have thanked the public for staying home over the usually busy Easter weekend, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 10,000 people in Britain so far.

The driver was spotted by officers on the A30 near Launceston on Easter Sunday and pulled over

Police also reported a driver for driving across the county to pick up a boat – then breaking down on a hill

However, officers have complained that some people are still not listening.

On Easter Sunday, Alliance Roads Policing said they had to ask a recovery truck from Basingstoke to leave Devon after the driver stopped off in Plymouth and Paignton.

The truck driver took a friend to Plymouth to pick up motorbikes he had just bought, before driving on to Paignton to ‘reminisce’.

Both men were reported. 

At the start of the Easter weekend, the police force warned it would be policing the roads and said: ‘A weekend break in Cornwall is not essential.’ 

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