A suspected drink driver has been arrested after two crashes on the M4 caused hold-ups on Wednesday morning.

The problems started when a car crashed into the central reservation shortly after 8am between junctions 16 (Swindon) and 17 (Chippenham) on the eastbound carriageway in Wiltshire.

A total of three cars were reported by the AA to be involved in two separate incidents.

A police spokesperson said: “We were called to the M4 between junction 17 and 16 eastbound shortly after 8am this morning after a car collided with the central reservation. 

“This incident was quickly resolved, however, shortly after this, a second collision took place – one of the drivers involved in this incident was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken to custody in Swindon.”

Ambulance and fire services were also in attendance. 

A spokesperson from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called to the M4 eastbound between J17 and J17 at 8.23am this morning (March 27) after a car collided with the central reservation. 

“Two crews from Chippenham attended but no-one was trapped and no action from us was needed, so our stop was at 8.51am and we have now left the scene.”

All lanes of the M4 eastbound were reopened within an hour, with the vehicles involved moved to the hard shoulder.