Vehicles swerve to avoid car traveling on wrong way down M1 towards Rotherham

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Police have released footage of vehicles swerving to avoid a ‘drink driver’ traveling the wrong way down the M1 towards Rotherham

On Saturday 9 March around 2:45am, police recieved numerous reports of a vehicle traveling down the wrong side of the carriage way at Junction 35A heading towards Rotherham

Cameras from National Highways captured the car join the motorway and drive for two junctions before leaving the carriageway.

Drivers, including those in heavy goods vehicles had to take evasive action to avoid head-on collisions.

The driver was stopped by officers and breathalysed. He blew 125, with the legal limit being 35.

A man in his 30s has since been arrested on suspicion of driving while over the prescribed limit of alcohol and dangerous driving. He remains on police bail.

Roads Policing Inspector Matt Collings said: “This sequence of driving could have had catastrophic consequences and caused a fatal collision as poor judgment meant the vehicle’s erratic driving continued for two junctions.

“Alcohol seriously affects your judgement and reaction time, and you are four times more likely to be involved in a collision if you are under the influence of alcohol.

“Stopping those who pose a risk on our roads is daily business for officers across South Yorkshire. During April we are supporting the Fatal4 campaign, raising awareness of the main contributing factors of fatal and serious collisions.”

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