A MAN who claimed he crashed his car after swerving to avoid an octopus in the road was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
Emergency services responded to a report of a single-vehicle collision in Kingsbridge, Devon, England on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred on the A381 near Malborough, around three miles from the sea.
Emergency services are currently dealing with a single vehicle RTC on the A381 by the South Milton turn where a car has overturned.
The driver stated he swerved to avoid an octopus. He is currently in custody on suspicion of drug driving.
— Kingsbridge Police (@DCPKingsbridge) February 5, 2019
Reporting the incident on social media, Kingsbridge Police wrote: “The driver stated he swerved to avoid an octopus. He is currently in custody on suspicion of drug driving.”
The car was discovered overturned in a ditch by the side of the road, however the driver did not require hospital treatment.
Police could find no sign of the alleged octopus.
Devon & Cornwall Police confirmed a 49-year-old man from Salcombe, Devon was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drugs/drink.
He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Needless to say, the original tweet from police drew some ‘kraken’ responses…
Clearly a job for the Flying Squid.
(I'll see myself out)
— Jerry Ratcliffe (@Jerry_Ratcliffe) February 5, 2019
Arrested for ink-driving?
— Joe Carlos (@jcarlos20200) February 6, 2019
Lost: Giant Octopus. Last seen around the South Milton area, Kingsbridge. Much loved family pet. Approachable(unless you're a crab) Responds to the name of John.
— Alex Griffiths (@tokesurf76) February 5, 2019
A case for the Cephala Plod.
— Mike Claridge (@mjclaridge) February 6, 2019
There were big squid marks at the scene
— Wayno (@wayno_70) February 6, 2019
True story... pic.twitter.com/TK0P5Jt8on
— Conor O Neill (@conorson) February 6, 2019