Man arrested following incident on A14 after pregnant woman driver was punched in the stomach

A man has been arrested following an incident on the A14 which resulted in the road being closed.

Police were called to the scene at around 6.20pm between junctions 45 for Rougham and junction 46 for Beyton after reports that a pregnant woman was punched in the stomach while driving.

The woman, aged in her early 30s who was driving at the time, was punched in the stomach by a male who was with her in the car.

It prompted a police helicopter to the scene as the car stopped on the A14 at Beyton and the man left the vehicle.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said they were called out and conducted an extensive search for the male which required the closure of the both carriageways of the A14 which was re-opened around 8.30pm.

Today, Monday, August 2, a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault in Clay Road, Bury St Edmunds, and was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The incident prompted comments on the Nextdoor social media site with some speculating that police were sent out to search for a stowaway.

Samuel Sayer, from Beyton, said: “I biked over the bridge along the footpath rear to Mill House and the A14 was empty one side and the other held.”

Leigh Last, from Rougham, said: “It does worry me that someone could be in distress. Hope for a safe resolution for all concerned.”

Karen Simpson, from Beyton, added: “I hope and pray whatever has happened they are ok.”

Tracy Evans, from Elmswell, said she was stuck in the traffic and added that there were seven or eight police cars, an ambulance and sniffer dogs, at the scene.

“I don’t know if it was a stowaway,” she said.

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