Police “struggled for words” after a driver allegedly provided an alcohol sample more than four times over the limit after crashing with three small children.

The officers from Greater Manchester Police’s traffic division helped the driver at the scene of a crash over the course of Sunday March 3 while out on patrol that weekend.

They say that after helping the driver out of an ambulance they then provided a breach sample of 148 after they had been carrying three children in the car, all of them unhurt.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Our officers have pretty much seen it all.

“They struggled for words however whilst assisting this driver out of an ambulance, after they provided a breath sample of 148 following a crash, the limit is 35.

“The harrowing part, three small children found in the car, mercifully, unhurt.”

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An image provided by police at the scene shows someone being helped from the back of an ambulance as a member of the emergency services stands in the foreground.

Anyone with any information or concerns about drink driving or other kinds of offences on the roads or elsewhere can call police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.