Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Car driven with bonnet up on A31 in Hampshire

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Media captionThe AA said the motorist's actions highlighted "there are drivers out there outside the mould of normality"

A man has been caught on camera driving a car with its bonnet up on a busy dual carriageway in Hampshire.

He was seen on a 50mph stretch of the A31 near Cadnam with a battery charger attached to the engine.

The vehicle is currently up for sale for £24,000 at a Mercedes dealership in Winchester. Hampshire police and the dealership are investigating.

A spokesman for the AA said: "It's mind-boggling and obviously very dangerous."

Sean Nevatte, divisional after-sales manager for Mercedes in Southampton, confirmed the car was on its books.

He added: "We will carry out our own investigation to try and identify the driver so we can take our own action.

"We will assist Hampshire Constabulary in any way we can.

"It's certainly not something we would endorse."

The driver was filmed by BBC presenter Jon Cuthill who was a passenger in a passing car on Tuesday.

Mr Cuthill said: "I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"Why would anyone think driving along a public highway with your bonnet up was a good idea?

"The bonnet obviously hadn't just sprung open accidentally.

"I just think it's crazy that someone would drive along a dual carriageway stretch of road without being able to see through the windscreen."

The AA spokesman said: "It's someone who clearly didn't give a thought to other road users.

"It highlights there are drivers out there outside the mould of normality."

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