A suspected drink driver in his 30s in Holland has claimed to be former Prime Minister Boris Johnson after being questioned by the police after a crash.
Officers found the fake driving license, containing a picture of Mr. Johnson and his name, during a search of a 35-year-old Ukrainian national’s vehicle following the incident.
The man, who was found near the Emma Bridge in the northern city of Groningen, shortly after midnight on Sunday was found after crashing into a pole.
A spokesperson for the Dutch police, Thijs Damstra, said officers stumbled across the fake license when they were searching through the wreckage.
The police said they found the unnamed Ukrainian man, who lived near Groningen, standing on a bridge.
The force said: “The person could not identify himself and refused to undertake a breathalyser test.”
Following the accident, the driver was arrested and his car was searched whereupon the fake license was found.
Writing on Instagram, they said: “Unfortunately for this person, we did not fall for his forgery.”
The rogue driving license in question said it was issued on July 24, 2019, the date Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, but its expiry date was listed as the year 3000. It also had a blue and yellow Ukraine flag on it.
Damstra added: “As far as I’m aware, the real Mr Boris Johnson was not in the Netherlands at the time.”
Although the police knew the ID was fake, they said they could not tell where it had come from. However, it has been reported that fake IDs like the one found on the arrested man can be found in tourist shops in Ukraine.
Fontanka, a small town in southern Ukraine, has renamed one of its roads after Boris Johnson. Officials renamed Mayakovsky Street as Boris Johnson Street.
The local council described Mr Johnson as “One of the most principled opponents of the Russian invasion, a leader in sanctions on Russia and defense support for Ukraine”.