POLICE in Magherafelt arrested a man for drink driving on Saturday morning after discovering an upside down car on fire.
The vehicle (pictured) was discovered on the Springhill Road in Moneymore and police described it as a “fireball”.
A PSNI Magherafelt spokesperson said: “This picture is of the aftermath of one of things we dealt with last night.
“A crew found this vehicle on its roof in what can only be described as a fireball.
“Believing the driver to be trapped inside they attempted to get into the vehicle but were forced back by the heat and flames as well as a number of small explosions.
“After fire service arrived and extinguished the flames it became clear no one was inside, thankfully.
“Additional crews and units searched the area for the driver who was located a number of hours later having attempted to hide from Police.
“We provided medical treatment and arrested for a number of offences including driving with excess alcohol.
“This incident required/wasted significant resources for most of the night.
“A large number of police were deployed for search and person recovery, three fire appliances with their crews, one ambulance with crew and in addition to this we tasked Air Support and Dog call signs to assist.”