A driver spotted going the wrong way down the M1 on Thursday night was stopped by Council Community Protection Officers.
Nottinghamshire Police had received reports of a driver going the wrong way down the M1 between junctions 26 & 27 around 7.30pm. Police and Highways were deployed and rolling road blocks put on, but they were unable to locate the vehicle.
Unaware of calls to the Police, Community Protection Officers came across a car driving down the wrong side of the A608 causing vehicles to swerve to avoid his car as they approached the M1 island at junction 27. Realising the vehicle presented a danger to the public they followed it at a safe distance whilst contacting Nottinghamshire Police.
At this point the Community Protection Officers got the drivers attention by flashing the lights of their vehicle and when he stopped approached the vehicle and removed the keys from the ignition.
The elderly driver had reported having driven a long distance and become confused when on the M1. Without the action taken by our Community Protection Officers the possible outcome should the male have continued on his journey could have been extremely dangerous to the public and himself.
Cllr Daniel Williamson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said “These two Council Community Protection Officers took immediate actions when the spotted the driver and they should be highly commended for that. Their swift action prevented a far more serious incident from occurring.
“Incidents like this demonstrate the effectiveness of the Council and Police working together. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to both officers involved.”
Inspector Simon Allen of Nottinghamshire Police said: "Without those actions, it could have been a really serious incident, which doesn’t bear thinking about. We would like to commend the officer for his actions and thank him on behalf of the force.
“The man was taken to Kings Mill Hospital following concerns for his welfare.
Immediate action has taken place. We are working with police colleagues in his home force to ensure we keep the man and other road users safe, we are investigating into the manner of his driving and we have referred the incident to the DVLA."