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Man seen running down M8 in underwear

Police detained a man running down the M8 dressed only in his underwear. Picture: TSPL

Police detained a man running down the M8 dressed only in his underwear. Picture: TSPL

  • by RAY PHILP
 

POLICE have detained a man who caused traffic chaos on the M8 after running down the motorway wearing only his boxer shorts.

Traffic near Shotts was brought to a near standstill as police officers tried to apprehend the man, who at one point was seen mounting a car bonnet.

All lanes in both directions were restricted before the pedestrian was apprehended.

Musician Phil Hague, an eyewitness who was driving to work during the incident, told the Scotsman: “I thought there may have been an accident ahead but when the traffic edged on a bit I noticed what was happening.

“The man had jumped the central reservation and wobbled across the fast lane a bit before coming back to my side.

“By this point I was alongside him and he almost had a go at getting on my bonnet. [Then] he moved down the road, opening the passenger door of the car behind me before shutting it and continuing his journey.”
He added: “He had grazes on his head and arm, so I thought something serious had happened.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We received reports at 6.50am of a man on the live carriageway of the M8 at junction five eastbound close to Shotts.

“Officers attended and one man has been detained.”

 

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