Shocking moment Army truck ploughs through a police roadblock in Somerset: Man, 41, is arrested
- The driver was arrested just 25 minutes later and currently remains in custody
This is the shocking moment a driver ploughed a large Army truck through a police roadblock near a Royal Marines base in Somerset.
Footage from the incident shows the 41-year-old driver smash into the block, knocking a police vehicle out of its way. He then hits a parked car and a signpost before the video ends.
The man then drove to the A361 M5 overbridge where he left the vehicle and climbed over the railings – leading the motorway to be closed in both directions.
He was arrested 25 minutes later and he currently remains in police custody.
Police have confirmed that no one was harmed during the incident.
Avon and Somerset police said officers were sent to an address in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, around 4.40pm yesterday following a report that a man was making threats to a person living there and had caused damage to the property.
When officers arrived, the man, 41, left the address in a large military truck.
Police said he then drove the vehicle into two police cars blocking the road, causing them extensive damage.
‘Thankfully, no police officers or members of the public were hurt in the incident,’ a police spokesperson said.
One local, speaking to the Somerset Country Gazette, described the incident as an ‘army truck on rampage’, adding that their ‘thoughts [were] going out to those in Taunton’.
Other community members alleged that officers instructed them to stay in their homes while the incident unfolded.