Kent

Drink-drive Ashford M20 lorry U-turn video released

Video footage has been released showing a Polish lorry driver driving his vehicle into oncoming traffic on the M20 in Kent while under the influence of alcohol.

Ireneusz Popiielarz, 34, performed a U-turn on the motorway after he missed the junction 9 turning for Ashford.

Footage, just released by Kent Police, shows Popiielarz cutting across three lanes of oncoming traffic in December.

He was jailed for 18 months at Canterbury Crown Court on 27 January.

Dangerous driving charge

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "Popiielarz drove his lorry for several hundred metres past junction 9 of the M20, before performing a U-turn across all three lanes, and then travelled the wrong way back towards junction 9.

"He was in lane one travelling London-bound in the coast-bound carriageway, forcing oncoming traffic to avoid colliding with him.

"He was eventually stopped by Kent Police traffic officers from the specialist Roads Policing Unit who had witnessed the incident from the opposite carriageway."

Popiielarz, who one and a half times the drink-drive limit, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and disqualified from driving for three years.

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