Video: Police deliberately crash into a car on Britain's M6
Dashboard footage has been released of a police car deliberately crashing into a vehicle travelling the wrong way on the M6 toll
Published 22/08/2014 | 09:06
This is the dramatic moment police crashed head on into a dementia sufferer's car after he was spotted travelling at 50 mph on the wrong side of the M6 in Britain.
Police were called to the toll road in the West Midlands at 9.50 pm on Tuesday after reports that a Honda Jazz was heading south on the northbound carriageway.
Two officers were forced to risk a head on collision and deliberately block the path of the car in the outside lane to avoid a serious accident.
Dramatic footage released by West Midlands Police yesterday shows the moment the officers spotted the Honda coming towards them at speed.
One anxious officer can be hear saying "He's coming at speed mate, he's coming at speed. He's going to hit, he's going to hit. He's going to hit. He's going to hit us."
The 50 second clip taken from the vehicles on board camera then shows the moment the driver manoeuvres slightly out of the way of the car to shunt it into the central reservation.
Following a loud crash, the driver then says: "I had to mate", to which his partner replies: "I know you did."
After the collision, officers discovered the driver of the Honda was a 77-year-old man with dementia who had been reported missing from his home that evening.
The pensioner was not injured in the ordeal and was checked over by paramedics before being taken back to his family in Rowley Regis, West Midlands.