Nigel Farage has been the apparent victim of an assassination attempt.
The Ukip leader was driving from Brussels to his home in Kent when a wheel flew off his Volvo V70 on a main road. He was in France at the time.
Police told the politician that his car’s wheels had been deliberately unscrewed – he had been forced to jump over a road barrier to flee lorries whooshing past him.
Farage told the Mail on Sunday:
It was the middle of bloody nowhere, and I was caught in a very bad position.
There was a huge section of roadworks with cars going back and forth on the same side of the carriageway. I suddenly realised I was losing steering but there was no hard shoulder to pull on to.
I slowed down, put the hazards on and then one of the wheels came off.
I jumped over the wall as quickly as I bloody well could to get away from lorries and everything.
Farage has been the recipient of death threats in the past during his tenure as the leader of Ukip – but this incident at the end of October is believed to be the first time he’s been targeted by a "malicious act," as stated by French police.
The 51-year-old said that the emergency services told him that nuts on vehicles can come loose – “but not all four”.
The MEP, who attends the European Parliament – not as often as some might expect – said he asked police not to pursue the investigation, as he “didn’t want to make anything of it.”