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Brave officers stop vehicle travelling wrong way on M6 toll

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Brave police officers prevented a serious collision on the M6 toll after a vehicle was spotted driving the wrong way on the motorway last night (19 August).

Officers from the force traffic unit and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were sent to the motorway at around 9.50pm where they located the Honda Jazz heading south on the northbound carriageway in the Sutton Coldfield area near to the junction with the A38.
 
The vehicle was travelling at around 50mph and officers took the decision to make deliberate contact with the side of the Honda to bring it to a stop.
 
The manoeuvre was a success and the vehicle was stopped. The driver of the car was uninjured while one of the officers suffered a minor injury. A rolling road-block was in place to safeguard other motorists on the road during the collision.
 
The driver was found to be a 77-year-old man who has dementia and had been reported missing from his home in Rowley Regis just hours earlier. He was checked over by paramedics at the scene and then returned home to his family.
 

 

Inspector Mark Watkins, from CMPG, said: "This was an extremely unusual situation where the driver of the car had shown no intention to stop travelling in the wrong direction.

"Traffic officers bravely took the decision to engineer a collision with the vehicle and I am sure that their selfless actions have prevented serious injury or worse to the driver and other motorists on the road.

"We were relieved that we could bring this situation to a safe conclusion and return the man home safe and well to his family."