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BBC's Stephen Nolan car nap mistaken for heart attack as passers-by calls police

By Claire Williamson

Published 21/01/2016

Stephen Nolan on the set of The Nolan Show
Stephen Nolan on the set of The Nolan Show

Stephen Nolan has thanked the public for their vigilance as concerned passers-by called the police thinking he had suffered a heart attack in his car - when he was just having a nap.

The BBC presenter had returned from America and was feeling a little jet lagged.

When driving along the Newtownards road on the way home he felt tired so pulled over and planned to close his eyes for 10-15 minutes until he felt safe to drive again.

He said: "An hour later I had got home and the police rang me and said a number of motorists had thought I'd taken a heart attack because I was lying in the car with my eyes closed and apparently I was holding my chest."

Nolan reassured the public that there was nothing wrong and thanked them for their actions and concern.

He said: "I wanted to say thank you, to pick up the phone and ring the police thank you very much indeed.

"All I was doing was having a wee doze."

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