Drink driver sent spinning by police after going wrong way down motorway
This is the shocking moment a drunk driver crashes into a police car after travelling on the wrong side of a major motorway.
Lee Johnson, 44, was caught on CCTV drunk driving on the westbound carriageway last Saturday.
The footage shows Johnson casually driving along into oncoming traffic on the fast lane without seeming to realise the danger.
Dramatic dashcam footage captures the terrifying moment police officers spot the driver heading straight for them and jut out into his lane to thwart his dangerous driving.
He collides with the oncoming police van and swerves across the road – narrowly missing another vehicle.
Police officers then drive over to the crash scene yards away, rush out and arrest him at the scene.
Johnson was later charged and pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving, one count of driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit, and one count of driving without insurance.
He is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court in the New Year.
West Midlands Police have been carrying out a major crackdown on drink driving in the region and released the video to highlight the dangers of getting behind the wheel after having a drink.
Senior investigating officer Gaz Doughty, of the Roads Policing Unit based at Three Mile Cross, said: Thames Valley Police received multiple reports of a vehicle travelling the wrong way along the motorway between junctions 11 to 12 at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
Roads policing officers were deployed and implemented a rolling road block from junction 11, heading towards the vehicle, a red Citroen Berlingo van.
Moment later, the vehicle was sighted by the officers heading straight for them.
Despite the obvious risks to themselves and potential for sustaining injuries, the officers made a fast time decision to make deliberate contact with the suspect car to bring it to a halt and thereby prevent it getting past them and head on into members of the public.
The driver, Lee Johnson, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving.
He was later found to be almost four times over the prescribed drink drive limit, at a level of 120 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
Thankfully, due to the swift police response, no-one was injured during this incident, but unfortunately far too often we see the death and destruction caused by drug and drink-driving.
The footage comes less than two months after a driver towed a caravan the wrong way down the M40.
Thames Valley Police were alerted to a Subaru Forester travelling into oncoming traffic on the northbound carriageway on October 15.
Sadly, the vehicle collided with a Ford Mondeo and Ford Focus near Oxfordshire.
The driver and a passenger in the Subaru were killed along with the driver of the Mondeo.