Driver who admitted driving wrong way on M11 disqualified

Crime / Fri 12th Apr 2024 at 11:11am

A DRIVER who admitted driving the wrong way on the M11 to avoid traffic, has been disqualified and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

Roads Policing officers were responding to a collision on northbound M11, between junctions 8 and 9, at around 8pm on Wednesday 29 November last year when they witnessed a Volkswagen car driving on the hard shoulder. The car was heading southbound, towards the oncoming traffic.

When stopped and questioned by officers at the scene, the driver admitted he had driven the wrong way to avoid being stuck in the traffic caused by the collision.

Charlie Wilson of Lord Holland Road, Colchester, admitted dangerous driving when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 10 April. The 27-year-old was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and disqualified from holding a licence for 12 months. In addition, he will have to take an extended test before regaining his licence.

Roads Policing officer, PC Danny Wheeler, said: “This is one of the most dangerous things that any driver could do because of the risk of serious injury to other road users, should there be a collision.

“The court have supported our view that this was dangerous driving too: I hope that by issuing this sentence it will act as a deterrent to others.

“It is not acceptable to use the hard shoulder in this manner. Anyone else who does, can expect and will be brought before the courts.”

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