Monday 23 October 2017

Video shows man driving the wrong way on M25 for nine miles

Kiran Moodley

For some drivers, the concept of admitting defeat on a motorway is evidently too much: they just can't be bothered to turn off at the next junction and go back along the road the right way.

Or perhaps, they are just incredibly, incredibly careless.

Kent Police, in a bid to stop both inconsiderate and dangerous drivers, have released shocking CCTV footage showing one man driving the wrong way for nine miles along the M25 and the A2.

Mitchell Locke, 20, can be seen driving along the hard shoulder in the wrong direction along huge stretches of the M25, with cars and lorries occasionally having to swerve out of his way. With some of the scenes, it is unbelievable that he did not crash for nine miles as he weaved in and out of oncoming traffic.

Eventually, he did crash as he turned off the main motorway, bringing an end to his shocking and life-threatening nine-mile drive.

Kent Police Sergeant Rob Dell from the Roads Policing Team said: "For around 10 minutes, Locke travelled the wrong direction on a major motorway and a major dual-carriageway. Where there was no hard shoulder he would move out into the live carriageway into oncoming traffic. It is remarkable there were no serious injuries."

Locke pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the clockwise section of the clockwise M25 in his black BMW 120d anti-clockwise.

Locke, from South London, has now been banned from driving for three years, will need to take an extended driving test before attempting to control a car again, and will serve a 14-month sentence in a young offenders’ institute.

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