Nigel Farage fears he was the victim of an assassination attempt after his car careered off the road in France.
Farage has said that French police believed that the screws on the wheels of his car could have been deliberately loosened prior to the incident that took place around Dunkirk in October when the UKIP politician was returning from Brussels to Kent, according to the Mail on Sunday.
"It was the middle of bloody nowhere, and I was caught in a very bad position," Farage reportedly said last night, recalling the incident.
"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".
An artist's impression of the incident imagined the moment Farage "jumped over the wall as quickly as I bloody well could to get away from lorries and everything".
Farage, who has received numerous death threats in the past, was said "the mechanics were absolutely certain of [foul play] but I have decided to take no further action".
The prosecutor for Dunkirk told the Mail last night that he was not aware of an investigation into an incident involving the politician.
Farage was driving a Volvo V-70 at the time of the accident, which one Twitter user noticed had recently been recalled due to a potential fault with the wheel bolts.
"It has been identified that the standard wheel securing bolts may not have undergone the correct hardening process. This will result in corrosion, a noise and/or vibration," the official vehicle recall notice reads.
"If this condition is not rectified, there is a possibility that the wheel may become loose and detach."
A UKIP spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the party was "taken aback" by the story. Farage is expected to discuss the incident on his two-hour LBC radio programme this morning.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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