Man arrested after trying to avoid police by driving the wrong way down the M1 near Hemel Hempstead

28-year-old man from Barnet was arrested following the incident

Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:29 pm

A 28-year-old man who tried to 'evade capture' by driving in the wrong direction on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead has been arrested.

Officers attempted to stop a vehicle on the A41 in Hemel Hempstead at around 12.05am this morning (25 March), after police intelligence systems indicated that the owner of the vehicle was wanted for offences in another area.

The Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfpordshire Road Policing Unit (@roadpoliceBCH) posted about the incident on Twitter at 2.07am: "Our officers put their lives on the line tonight to protect the public from the driver of this car, who tried to travel in the wrong direction on the M1 to evade capture. He was arrested for multiple offences. The officers are in hospital being checked over."

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said: "The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued, travelling along the M25 before heading on to the M1.

"The vehicle then exited the carriageway, before travelling back down the M1 in the wrong direction.

"In order to minimise risk to the public, officers brought the vehicle to a stop, using tactical contact. No one sustained any serious injuries.

"One person, a 28 year old man from Barnet, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop, dangerous driving, failing to provide a breath and drug sample, criminal damage and domestic abuse offences."

This picture of the incident was posted on the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit Twitter page