A father was ‘wrongly’ arrested during an anti-fracking protest by police who claimed he had been drink-driving – even though there was no car in sight.
Dr Steven Peers, 46, refused to give a roadside breath test in Salford, Greater Manchester, because he said he wasn’t driving.
During the confrontation which was caught of camera, Dr Peers repeatedly insisted he had not been drinking and had only had a cup of tea.
The father-of-four, who has a doctorate in metaphysical sciences, accused Greater Manchester Police officers of lying before holding him on ‘a ridiculous, trumped-up charge’.
He was later charged with failing to provide a specimen and hauled before the courts. However, the case collapsed when prosecutors offered no evidence.
Dr Peers is now planning to sue police for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and assault following the incident.