Dramatic moment police car rams driver after he does a U-turn and starts heading the wrong way down the M4 during chase
This is the moment police deliberately rammed a car being driven the wrong way down the M4 motorway during a chase.
The driver, Reggie Reed, was jailed for eight months after a court heard he performed a U-turn on the westbound carriageway, risking the lives of other motorists.
Police dashcam footage shows PC Luke Hobbs driving into Reed’s car to stop him on near Swindon, Wiltshire on December 13.
Reed, 21, was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court earlier this month for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance.
The driver, Reggie Reed, 21, was jailed for eight months after Swindon Crown Court heard how he performed a U-turn on the westbound carriageway of the M4, risking the lives of other motorists
Footage from a police car camera showed the moment PC Luke Hobbs rammed Reed to stop him driving the wrong way down the motorway near Swindon, Wiltshire on December 13
A spokesman for Wiltshire Constabulary, which shared the footage online, said police tried to stop Reed on the westbound carriageway of the motorway close to Junction 15.
He added: ‘Although he initially pulled over onto the hard shoulder, Reed then accelerated off, crossing two lanes of traffic.
‘Officers followed, but when he approached stationary traffic, he performed a U-turn and started driving against the flow of traffic in lane three.
‘Due to the risk to other road users, police were forced to perform a tactical manoeuvre to stop him.’
Sergeant Will Ayres, from the force’s Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Reed showed a complete disregard for the authority of the officers who were trying to stop him, and then drove incredibly dangerously and recklessly while trying to evade us.
‘Not only did he fail to stop when ordered to do so by police, but he ended up driving the wrong way on a busy, dark motorway.
Reed was seen crossing two lanes of traffic by officers who were chasing him before performing a U-turn when he came up behind stationary traffic
‘Not only did [Reed] fail to stop when ordered to do so by police, but he ended up driving the wrong way on a busy, dark motorway,’ said Sergeant Will Ayres
‘It is only thanks to the swift action of the officers in question that Reed was prevented from causing serious injury to himself or the other motorists on that section of motorway.’
PC Hobbs said: ‘This was the most dangerous manoeuvre I have witnessed on the motorway, and stopping him from driving the wrong way down the M4 was my only option and something I did automatically.
‘The consequences if I had allowed him to keep driving could have been catastrophic and I would rather risk injury to myself than put members of the public at risk.’
Reed was also disqualified from driving for two years.