Lives put at risk by car driven wrong way along South Yorkshire motorway during police chase

Car stopped by police during pursuit
Car stopped by police during pursuit
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A motorist put lives at risk by driving the wrong way along a South Yorkshire motorway during a police chase.

The driver was chased by officers investigating the theft of a caravan from Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, last night.

A silver Peugeot 406 was spotted towing a caravan along the A57 towards the M1 at Junction 31, near Aston, following reports of the theft.

South Yorkshire Police said the occupants of the car stopped and unhitched the caravan before speeding off in a bid to evade capture.

The car then drove the wrong way along the M1 motorway, heading north on the southbound carriageway at Junction 31.

Police officers chasing the car forced it off the road, causing it to spin and roll down a bank, where an arrest was made.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "In a last ditch attempt to escape, the driver has put the lives of other road users in grave danger by trying to drive the wrong way on the M1 motorway, heading north on the southbound carriageway at Junction 31.

"Faced with this threat to the lives of innocent members of the public on the motorway, the driver of the police vehicle has had to make a split second decision, and to protect them he has rammed the Peugeot, causing it to spin and then roll down the banking to a stop.

"Fortunately, no one was seriously injured or killed."

Two police officers were injured during the incident.