Shocking video shows drunken van driver going wrong way along motorway – until police force him to crash

Shocking video shows drunken van driver going wrong way along motorway – until police force him to crash
The van was driven the wrong way along the M4 (Photo: SWNS)

An incredible police video shows a drunken van driver going the wrong way along a motorway, until it collides with a police car and spins out of control.

Lee Johnson, aged 44, was arrested by officers after driving the wrong way along the westbound carriageway of the M4 near Reading on Saturday.

Video shows Johnson heading up the westbound carriageway as traffic passes him going the other way, while the lights of a police rolling roadblock head towards him.

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Police dashcam video then shows a terrifying game of chicken with Johnson barrelling towards a police car in the fast lane.

Officers swerve past him at the last second and then skilfully tap his Citroen Berlingo van with their vehicle, causing it to spin out, bringing it safely to a halt.

Senior investigating officer Gaz Doughty 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.

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“Roads policing officers were deployed and implemented a rolling road block from junction 11, heading towards the vehicle, a red Citroen Berlingo van.

“Moments 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.

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.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst over the limit and driving without insurance at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court in the New Year.

Officer Doughty added: “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.”