Man Jailed After Driving On M26 Wrong Way

7 July 2016, 14:30 | Updated: 7 July 2016, 18:24

A man who drove the wrong way on the M26 in Kent to evade police officers has been jailed for 16 months.

The court heard in the early hours of 23 February 2016 a vehicle that was being pursued by the Metropolitan Police made its way into Kent. The driver Junior Lowe, 34 years-old, of Catford, was uspected of driving whilst disqualified.

Having left the M25 and joined the M20 coastbound, the driver hit speeds of 110mph and as he reached the junction with the M26 slip on at junction three he turned and travelled up the M26 in the wrong direction.

The pursuit was immediately stopped but Lowe travelled for two miles up the road, before performing a three point turn and travelling in the correct direction on the M26 before leaving onto the A20 London Road in Wrotham. The driver was arrested by Kent officers on the A20 after police tactically stopped his vehicle.

Having pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance, Lowe was sentenced to 16 months in prison when he appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on 4 July.

Police Constable Guy Ditcher from the serious collision investigation unit said: ‘The manner of Junior Lowe’s driving presented a very clear and dangerous threat to the public. It was 3.30am, it was dark, and drivers would have suddenly and unexpectedly come across someone driving at speed straight towards them; it is very fortunate that no one was injured in this incident. I’m pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence with a custodial sentence.’