A DAD who suffered a fit during a trip to the supermarket was stunned when he found himself arrested and put in a police cell.
Neil Toye was out shopping with son Adam, seven, in Tesco, when he suffered the seizure.
After being treated by paramedics, Neil, 37, felt better and started to take Adam back to his mum’s house.
However, police then stopped him from driving away from the store, before arresting him on suspicion of being “unfit to drive”.
Mr Toye, of Pallion, Sunderland, said: “Next thing I know I have the cuffs on me.”
“Then they took me to the police station and put me in a cell for three or four hours.
“I just didn’t expect to be arrested and then kept there all day.”
“They didn’t manhandle me, but my son was taken away from me and they didn’t tell me where he’d been taken and they turned my vehicle inside out.”
Adam had been picked up by a relative and taken home while Mr Toye, of Pallion, Sunderland, was in the cells.
After being released, the telecommunications worker then had to make his own way from Peterlee police station back to his car in Tesco car park in Belmont, Durham.
“The police had left the boot of my car open,” he said.
“I had valuable things in there that could have been taken.”
A spokeswoman for Durham Police said: “We were called to Tesco in Belmont yesterday afternoon at the request of the ambulance service concerned about the health of a man with a young child.
“The man was advised by the ambulance service not to drive due to his condition. However, he declined medical treatment and also this advice, driving away from the scene.
“The car was stopped by police on Dragon Lane. The man was detained for driving while unfit.
“He was held in custody at Peterlee police station and after being examined by a doctor was allowed to leave with no further police action.
“The child was collected from the police station by his mother.
“Throughout this incident our focus was concern for the man driving, the young child in his care and other road users.
“The length of time that he was in custody was due to the fact that we had to wait for a doctor.”