Man in stolen digger was 'digging a hole' when busted by police on A38 near Ripley

The driver of a stolen digger was 'digging a hole' when police arrested him on the A38.

Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 10:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th January 2019, 11:04 am
The stolen digger

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit said the digger was stolen from Mackworth an hour prior to them arresting the man last night January 14.

Police received a call at around 9.50pm to reports that a piece of plant machinery had been taken from a site.

Officers spotted the vehicle on the A38 near Coxbench a few minutes later and it was stopped on the stretch near to Ripley at around 10.10pm.

The stolen digger

A Roads Policing Unit spokesman said: "The driver from Leeds already ‘digging a hole’ trying to offer an explanation as to why exactly he is driving a stolen digger at 10pm."

The 52-year-old man from Leeds has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, after a digger was stolen from a building site.

The arrested man remains in police custody.