Dutch police arrest ‘Boris Johnson’ for drink-driving incident: Suspect had fake driver’s licence with PM’s photo and date of birth
- The fake ID card was ‘valid’ until the year 3000
- It comes after a car crashed into a pole in the northern city of Groningen
Dutch police arrested a man in a drunk driving incident over the weekend, and discovered that his driver’s licence named him as ‘Boris Johnson‘.
The fake Ukrainian driving licence, complete with the former British prime minister‘s picture and correct birth date, was ‘issued’ on 24 July 2019 – the date he moved into 10 Downing Street as the UK’s leader – and is valid until the end of the year 3000.
Police spokesman Thijs Damstra said officers investigated an incident shortly after midnight Sunday when a car crashed into a pole near the Emma Bridge in the northern city of Groningen.
The car was abandoned but police were later told that the driver was standing on the bridge.
‘The person could not identify himself and refused to undertake a breathalyser test,’ Damstra told AFP.
This image taken from the Instagram account of Netherlands’s Police Groningen Centrum on May 1, 2023, shows an official holding a Ukranian driving licence featuring an image of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Groningen, after a driver was arrested and the item was recovered from his vehicle
The 35-year-old man, from the small town of Zuidhorn west of Groningen, was arrested and police searched his car.
‘Inside, police found a fake drivers licence belonging to Boris Johnson,’ Damstra said.
‘Unfortunately for this person, we did not fall for his forgery,’ Groningen police said on its Instagram account.
Police could not say where the forged document was made but former Russia correspondent Kysia Hekster, in a tweet published by the NOS, said that fake driver’s licences could easily be bought in tourist shops in Ukraine.
Damstra added, ‘As far as I’m aware, the real Mr Boris Johnson was not in the Netherlands at the time.’