COPS let a drunk driver flee over fields after a crash as they did not want to get muddy.
A group of locals had surrounded Marcis Blahins, 35, after he smashed into two cars.
But they said police refused to give chase when he ran off near Newmarket, Suffolk. One, Aaron Tokley, said “I couldn’t believe it.”
The hit-and-run victim told a police officer where the drunk suspect had fled only to be told: “It’s dark out there . . . and I don’t want to get muddy.”
Latvian bricklayer Marcis Blahins, 35, who had also crashed earlier and was banned for drink-driving, then hid for five hours in a field before he was seen heading to the pub.
He has since believed to have fled the country, despite locals providing police with his name, address, 20 eyewitnesses and CCTV evidence after the crash early on Saturday evening.
A car with a young family on board was struck by Blahins’ Jeep which then hit Aaron Tokley, 29, writing off his Mercedes near Newmarket, Suffolk. Aaron said Blahins was surrounded by locals who then tried to search for him after police refused.
He added: “I couldn’t believe it. They were more concerned with their fear of the dark and getting their uniforms muddy.”
He is also furious after police failed to act despite:
- WITNESSES seeing Blahins slam his car into two cars before staggering into fields.
- CCTV capturing the moment Blahins went to a pub three miles away after the crash.
- EVIDENCE of his home address after the landlady got him a cab.
- COLLEAGUES telling police he was banned for drink-driving and planned to flee the country.
Blahins’ Jeep Cherokee was on the wrong side of the road at Great Bradley when it hit a Mitsubishi Outlander, with a mum, dad and girl, four, on board.
The Jeep then careered into Aaron’s Mercedes C220 as he was driving home at around 5.25pm.
Both drivers surrounded the lout with the help of locals who came out of nearby houses. But during the 25-minute wait for police he dashed into nearby fields.
When three police cars eventually arrived, Aaron told a constable where the suspect had run but he replied: “It’s dark out there . . . and I don’t want to get muddy.”
Dad-of-one Aaron said: “They didn’t seem to care. Then they started laughing as Suffolk doesn’t have a police helicopter anymore and they couldn’t get a dog team.
“Me and the other driver were stunned – all they needed was a torch and some guts. But instead they left it to some locals to go into the fields and have a look.”
Police later knocked on the address where Blahins’ car was registered — only to discover he had cloned the number plates.
However barber Aaron said they have done little since — and accused them of ignoring vital evidence compiled by the victims.
After he posted details of the farce online, another driver got in touch to say her VW Golf was hit by Blahins earlier on Saturday.
Pals also provided Blahins’ name and address while other witnesses were able to ID him.
Blahins’ colleagues then revealed he was already banned for drink-driving. They also said he had called asking for money he was owed, saying: “I won’t be coming into work, I’ve had a crash. I need to leave the country.”
It also emerged that CCTV captured Blahins staggering into The Bull pub three miles away in Burrough Green after the crash. The landlady ordered him a cab which took him to his home in Haverhill.
A dossier of evidence was then handed in to police on Monday only for an officer to fob them off, saying: “I’ve got something more important to deal with.”
The Sun has been at both addresses where Blahins has lived in the UK. No police have been seen approaching his door — and he is now believed to be abroad.
Blahins is facing jail if convicted of causing the latest crash.
He admitted drink-driving, driving while disqualified and having false number plates when his Mazda M6 was stopped in Icklingham, Suffolk, in April.
Ipswich magistrates slapped him with a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year and a three-year driving ban.
Aaron, from Haverhill, said: “It makes me sick with anger. This maniac is still out there and might kill someone sooner or later and the police don’t seem to care.
“We gave it to them on a plate. All they had to do was knock on his door and they couldn’t even be bothered to do that.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “The driver of the Jeep Cherokee vehicle left the scene on foot and witnesses report seeing a man running away across fields.
“An investigation into the circumstance of the incident is underway. The Cherokee vehicle has been seized by police to allow an examination to take place and inquiries are continuing to identify and locate the driver.”