Tayside Police in Scotland tweeted an image of the entirely bare metal wheel, confirming the vehicle has been banned from the road.
The tweet read: “This vehicle was stopped by Road Policing officers yesterday (Wed, 17 Feb), being driven on the A9 near Perth.
“The driver has been charged with dangerous driving, and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The vehicle has been prohibited from being used on the road.”
The Scottish public prosecutor has the power to issue fiscal fines. Inspector Greg Burns, of Tayside Road Policing Unit, said: “Our officers could not believe it when they saw this vehicle yesterday. This vehicle should not have been driven in the condition it was in.
“The man put himself and other road users at huge risk by driving the car in this condition. He was missing a tyre and it is lucky that no-one was hurt.
“It is a driver’s responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is safe to drive and if it’s not, then don’t drive it.”
This is not the first time in recent weeks UK police forces have had to charge a motorist with dangerous driving for “unbelievable” road decisions.
Earlier in the year, a man was spotted by Greater Manchester Police for travelling on the motorway with two missing front tyres. The motorist was pulled over on the M66 after the traffic officers realised he was “struggling to drive”.
After a breathalyser test, he was also found to have 196mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – almost six times over the legal limit of 35mg.