A drunk and naked taxi driver smashed into 17 cars and a barrier in Moscow after he was dumped by his girlfriend.

Police were alerted to the man’s erratic driving when he took a wrong turn in the city centre.

They then watched in disbelief as the man, named on Russian TV as taxi driver Vitaly Grodi, smashed into a series of cars, rammed a police van and narrowly avoided hitting a schoolbus.

Eventually the man was caught and officers who asked him to step out of his car were stunned to see that he was naked.

Grodi, who wasn’t even wearing shoes, screamed at police not to cover him up as he lay on the ground handcuffed.

Officers managed to cuff the driver and cover him with two coats.

The man said he came from the ex-Soviet nation of Moldova and was in distress over an unhappy relationship.

Grodi reportedly told police officers: “I flew on the wings of love. On the eve of our anniversary said she was not ready for a serious relationship.”