Hold out your hands: Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer wrongly pulled over by cops while filming

  • Mike Brewer felt the wrath of the long arm of the law today
  • Car Dealer Used Car Awards host was pulled over while filming
  • He wasn’t doing anything illegal but police were still unimpressed

Time 4:58 pm, November 15, 2023

Even TV stars aren’t immune from getting a tug from the Old Bill it would seem.

Mr Wheeler Dealer Mike Brewer was wrongly pulled over by police today while out filming – and it was caught on camera.

The Car Dealer Used Car Awards host was at the wheel of a Mazda MX-5 and was shooting a piece to camera while following a camera tracking car.

He was driving in a safe manner and adhering to the Highway Code, but the activity riled Warwickshire Police, who took a dim view of what he was doing, despite Brewer being a professional presenter.

Brewer took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to vent his frustration to his fans.

In the post, Brewer said: ‘Got T packed today by an overzealous Warwickshire Police who don’t understand the law when [it] comes to car to car filming.

‘Refused to understand and made us cancel filming.

‘No more car shows then?’

You can watch the moment Brewer was pulled over by clicking the video in his X post above.

In a statement, Warwickshire Police told Car Dealer: ‘We carried out a compliance stop on an SUV carrying a filming crew for Mike Brewer’s Wheeler Dealers.

‘This was carried out in response to public reports of the SUV being driven in an unsafe manner, with the boot open and the camera operator on the back of the vehicle facing backwards, presenting a risk to the operators.

‘The vehicle stopped after our initial request to stop.

‘We advised the crew that filming in this way left them vulnerable to road traffic collisions, and they agreed to cease at this time.

‘We are aware that a video of the stop has been featured on social media.

‘We appreciate that our stop may have affected filming, and we are reaching out to Mr Brewer to discuss the incident and why we carried out the stop.’

Brewer and his team are currently celebrating 20 years of making Wheeler Dealers.

The TV show, which airs on Discovery, has become a global hit and attracts millions of viewers around the world.

The incident comes just a week and a half before Brewer hosts this year’s Car Dealer Used Car Awards.

The event, sponsored by Black Horse, will take place at The Brewery in central London on Monday, November 27 and will celebrate the cream of the used car industry.

This story was published at 4.58pm on November 15 and updated at 9.26am on November 20 with the police statement

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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