Stoke & Staffordshire

HGV in motorway U-turn: Footage shows manoeuvre on M6 Toll

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Media captionLeonid Papachin performed the manoeuvre in a 40-tonne truck on the M6 Toll

Footage has been released showing a lorry driver performing a U-turn on a motorway after driving the wrong way up an exit slip-road.

Leonid Papachin conducted the manoeuvre in a 40-tonne truck on the M6 Toll in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The 51-year-old received a 15-week suspended prison term at Cannock Magistrates' Court last month after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

He was also given an 18-month driving ban and made to pay £85 costs.

The Lithuanian national had been working in the UK for two months when he committed the offence at around 17:30 BST on 23 October.

Motorway patrol manager Ch Insp Jed White said: "I hope that it serves as a deterrent to anyone who thinks they can put other motorists in jeopardy by ignoring motorway regulations."

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