A sweaty man abandoned his car in the middle of a busy road and ran away after spotting police in a South Derbyshire village.

The man simply abandoned his B-class Mercedes in the middle of the road with the engine still running in Newton Solney, leaving police baffled.

He then started running along the pavement, although no reason was given for his sudden need to go for a bit of exercise. He was spoken to by police after his little dash and told officers he could offer no explanation for suddenly bolting.

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The driver was spotted by officers from the Mercia Police Safer Neighbourhood Team during the incident, who described the man as a "wannabee Usain Bolt".

To make matters even more bizarre, the driver could not offer an explanation for his sudden sprint.

A spokesman for the team, which is an arm of Derbyshire police, said: "To the perspiring man who elected to abandon his B-class Mercedes in the middle of an extremely busy roadway, near Newton Solney, with the car’s ignition still running, before embarking on a 100-metre run along a pavement – what were you thinking?

"Officers are aware that the nation is filled with Olympic excitement and spirit, but were nonetheless stunned to observe the male hurtling along a path towards his abandoned vehicle which was blocking a driveway. This wannabee Usain Bolt was unable to offer a genuine or logical reason for his impromptu sprint.

"Sadly, there was no Olympic podium finish for this person – just the shame of receiving a section 59 notice warning and being sent on his way."

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