Mounted police chase driver in Taunton with phone at wheel

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A man using a phone while driving his car through Taunton found himself briefly at the center of what looked more like a Wild West movie scene.

As the driver was driving down East Reach in the city of Somerset, he was spotted by two mounted police officers trudging in the opposite direction.

Despite the seemingly unequal battle between horse and car, they decided to chase down the road, spinning their horses and accelerating into a gallop.

A video shared on Twitter by ASPolice Roads Policing shows officers managing to stop the car and issue a stern reprimand to the man behind the wheel.

The mounted policeman looks down at the driver and tells him, “You know you shouldn’t be using your phone.”

He replies: “No, no music. I have a problem.’

The officer says, “But you’re driving and you’re on the phone, and I see that someone is on the phone.”

It’s unclear what happened to the man after he was caught, but the tweet accompanying the video reads: “Drivers face 6 points and a £200 fine if caught using a phone.”


The driver received a stern accusation from the mounted officer (Image: ASPRroadSafety/Twitter)


Other drivers and pedestrians witnessed the unusual chase through central Taunton (Image: ASPRroadSafety/Twitter)

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The footage of the horses was filmed on March 7th.

“I’m not sure if they were used intentionally to enforce cellphones or if they happened to see this incident and responded accordingly.”

Southwestern Force officers are involved in an operation targeting cellphone users over the next three weeks, led by the Council of National Police Chiefs.

Police colleagues from across the country are working together to attack drivers who use their phones or other similar devices while driving.

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Justin Scaccy

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