Drunk driver ends up on the wrong side of the tracks

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A motorist has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after being spotted parked on the tracks of the greater Manchester Metrolink tram service.

A picture of the silver Nissan Micra straddling the tracks at Oldham's King Street stop was posted to social media, after the vehicle was spotted at around 11.30pm on Monday evening.

A passenger at the station alerted authorities via the stop's emergency call point, reporting that a car was being driven along the tracks towards Manchester city centre.

A spokeswoman from Metrolink RATP Dev Limited, the tram operator, said: "The next and last service to travel that evening into the city centre from the Oldham King Street stop was held immediately at Oldham Central and any remaining passengers were asked to make alternative arrangements to their journey," Manchester Evening News reports.

"The police were notified immediately and arrived on site to remove the passengers from the car."

The 32-year-old driver was arrested and later released on bail. The car was later removed by a recovery vehicle and engineers inspected the superficial damage caused to the tracks before allowing rail services to commence.

This incident isn't the first time a motorist has been caught on the tracks of the Metroline. In January, the line between Eccles and Ashton-under-Lyne was temporarily suspended after an elderly woman drove for more than 200 yards down the tracks after being confused by signage on the Ashton New Road.

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