Swift-acting officers tracked down a disqualified driver who failed to pay for £35 of fuel at a petrol station near Sevenoaks.
Kent Police reported that at around 8pm on Friday 8 December 2023, the driver stopped for fuel on the A20 London Road in West Kingsdown.
Having filled his car, he then drove off without attempting to pay.
Local patrols were alerted to the incident and sought to locate the vehicle. Following a thorough search, officers found it at Clackett Lane Services on the M25.
They seized a small quantity of cocaine and Lee Winsley was detained in connection with the earlier incident. He was also arrested in relation to warrants for failing to appear at court.
Winsley, from Aldershot, was later charged with making off without payment, possession of cocaine, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.
The 48-year-old appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 12 December, where he pleaded guilty to all the offences. He was remanded to a hearing at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 2 January 2024.