‘Disorientated’ elderly man stopped by police after driving down the M6 the wrong way

The carriageway was closed for a number of hours.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 9th February 2022

A elderly man was tactically stopped by police after becoming “disorientated” and driving down the M6 the wrong way.

Lancashire Police said in a statement that officers were called at about 4:40am today (Wednesday 9 February) to reports of a Toyota Aygo that was travelling south on the north bound carriageway of the M6 near Preston.

It’s believed the “disorientated” driver joined the motorway the wrong way.

The force said police patrols attended the scene and officers had first tried to stop the vehicle by using a stinger device to deflate the tyres, but were eventually forced to make “deliberate tactical contact” to bring the car to a halt.

Nobody at the scene was hurt during the incident, but the driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital as a precaution.


Following the unusual incident, the northbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours between Junctions 31 and 32 at around 5am today.

But Lancashire Police has confirmed that it has since fully reopened to traffic.

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