Man drove wrong way on Lancashire motorway

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A motorist who drove the wrong way along the motorway for around eight miles was halted by Lancashire police.

​The man was spotted on the M61 near junction 9 near Walton Summit, near Preston, shortly after midnight today.

He was driving northbound on the southbound carriageway.

Motorway police were alerted and the Warton-based National Police Air Service helicopter was scrambled.

The driver was then spotted – still travelling in the wrong direction – at junction 30 at Blacow.

Police were in pursuit and intercepted the car at junction 32 near Broughton.

Minutes later motorway police tweeted: “Vehicle stopped junction 32 M6 southbound, travelling northbound, now been recovered, Driver en route to hospital, having possibly had a medical episode.”

They added: “Good result, no injuries/damage, with assistance from @NPAS Warton.”

A Lancashire police spokesman said today that the incident began at about 12.30am and eight calls were received by concerned members of the public.

He said: “No-one was hurt and there was no collision. Fortunately the traffic would have been light at the time of night.

“The man gave a negative breath test and was taken to hospital for a check-up. Our inquiries are continuing.”