Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Bonnet-up driver suspended by Mercedes dealership

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Media captionThe AA said the act was "mind-boggling and obviously very dangerous"

A dealership has suspended one its workers after he was filmed driving a car with its bonnet up on a busy dual carriageway in Hampshire.

He was spotted on a 50mph stretch of the A31 near Cadnam with a battery charger on the engine on Tuesday.

BBC News discovered that the car was on sale at a Mercedes dealership in Winchester for £24,000.

The company confirmed it had suspended a member of staff pending further inquiries. Police are investigating.

Jon Head, group operations director for Mercedes-Benz of Winchester, said: "We were all shocked to see the footage.

'Never seen anything like this'

"We investigated what happened straight away, and the person driving the car has been suspended from work whilst we look into the facts.

"Everyone who works at all of our sites is fully aware of the importance of working safely, either on the road or at a dealership.

"We have never seen anything like this before, and we will make sure that it won't happen again."

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

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

"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 said the act was "mind-boggling and obviously very dangerous".

No arrests have been made.

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