​Drunk driver reverses down M6 for a mile to avoid toll


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A drink-driver has put other motorists' lives at risk after reversing along the M6 for more than a mile.

Peter Harrison set off in the wrong direction after realising that he didn't have enough money on him to pay the £5.50 toll charge, after losing his bearings while driving home to Pelsall, Staffordshire.

The 46-year-old was found to be almost two and half times the drink drive limit when stopped by traffic police early in the morning on July 7.

Police found Harrison on a slip road in his Vauxhall Corsa. A breathalyzer test found that he had 82mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – way above the legal limit of 35mcg, reports SWNS.

Harrison confessed to drink driving and dangerous driving at Cannock Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

John Pell, prosecuting, said: "Harrison told police he had only consumed one-and-a-half pints on that evening and had lost his way home. He accepted his actions were dangerous."

Defending Harrison, Brij Chaudry said: "He is travelling home, he loses his way and ends up on the M6 Toll Road which he has never been on before. He starts panicking, he has little funds, he doesn't know how much the toll costs."

In mitigation,Chaudry continued: "He takes a most foolish decision and reverses to that service area so he can try and get his bearings.

"There was no accident or injury to any person. It was late at night. The traffic was light."