Police launch internal investigation after driver is pulled over 17 times in a year

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A police investigation has been launched after a motorist claimed he'd been pulled over 17 times in 12 months.

Adeel Rehman, 35, lodged a complaint with Staffordshire Police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission after being repeatedly pulled over for drugs and firearms offences.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel he said: "When I have been pulled over the police have told me that they have intelligence on me.

"They say it is about drugs or firearms but I have never had anything to do with things like that. Now when I am out I just think the police are going to pull me over."

He says that he does have convictions for driving without insurance and fraud.

The latest incident took place on the A500 between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent on December 29. Rehman was pulled over by armed police as part of a firearms investigation, which saw the road closed for an hour while officers searched his car.

The father-of-two was released along with his passengers after nothing was found in the vehicle.

Speaking about the incident, Rehman said: "When I got on to the M6 I thought I saw some unmarked police cars and I thought I'd be stopped so I turned around and came back.

"When I was on the A500 I was close to the Talke junction when the armed police pulled me over and told me not to make any sudden movements. The incident on the A500 was just a joke and not a nice experience."

Staffordshire Police said: "We have recorded the concerns under the formal complaints process. These matters are being taken most seriously and a thorough investigation is underway into the issues raised."