I’ll give you a lift: farmer removes abandoned car using forklift

A driver watched on as his car was barrel-rolled into the road by a farmer using a forklift, after he reportedly abandoned it in a driveway after "crashing it".

The grey Vauxhall Corsa was rammed from behind, with the spikes of the telehandler tossing it into the air before it landed on its side.  

A shirtless man – believed to be the driver – kicked the cab and wheels of the forklift, while simultaneously filming the chaos on his phone.

The incident, which took place on Saturday afternoon, has now been watched on social media over a million times. It occurred a short distance from Low Force Waterfall, on the River Tees, which is 20 miles outside of Barnard Castle, County Durham.

The waterfall is a popular site with young people on hot days, but local residents have complained they’ve been "driven mad" by people visiting the area and reportedly causing damage, starting fires and speeding.

Driver has blocked farm gate with his car.
Motorist has smartphone.
Farmer has forklift.
Who's gonna win this one?


— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) June 7, 2021

Durham Constabulary said in a statement: "We were alerted to reports of an incident at a farm in the Teesdale area shortly after 5.45pm on June 5. Officers attended the scene and an investigation into the circumstances is ongoing." It is understood no arrests have been made.

The video was posted by Elliott Johnson on Snapchat with the caption: "Glad it was just my courtesy car."

It was then shared by his friend, Charlie Finnerty, who claimed the driver "crashed it and put it there".

The forklift driver can be seen to stop and check for oncoming traffic before proceeding to push the hatchback out onto the B road, which connects Barnard Castle and the waterfall.

As the picture below shows, the shirtless man was knocked to the to the ground by the spikes after the farmer swung the machine around.

In an extended version of the video, the shirtless man and his friends are heard laughing to the police who are at the scene. "This isn’t my first rodeo," the shirtless man says.

Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2 host, tweeted the video and said: "Driver has blocked farm gate with his car. Motorist has smartphone. Farmer has forklift. Who’s gonna win this one?"

Others who claim to know the farmer defended him on social media.

Mark Nicholson tweeted: "A lot more to this story, he’s a friend of a colleague, he’s been driven mad by these lot, starting fires, pushing walls over just to name a few things, not saying it’s right but they pushed him to the end of his tether."

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