Driver went wrong way down M1 near Bolsover

Junction 29a of the M1 at Markham Vale
Junction 29a of the M1 at Markham Vale

A concerned motorist was caught driving the wrong way against the flow of traffic on the M1 motorway when he went back looking for his girlfriend.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard this month how Richard Simpson, 20, was originally travelling from Derby to York when he turned his car round and drove southbound on the northbound carriageway of the M1 between Junctions 29 and 29a near Bolsover.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police had been patrolling the northbound carriageway when an officer noticed a broken down vehicle in a coned area and there was a recovery vehicle with that car.

“The officer then noticed a black Vauxhall Corsa being driven the wrong way down the motorway.

“Simpson said he had been driving from Derby to York in a convoy with his girlfriend behind him and looked in his mirror and noticed she had broken down.

“He was worried for her so he drove back towards the coned-off hard-shoulder area at 45mph.”

Simpson, of Wains Road, York, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously after the incident on August 7, last year.

However, the court heard that traffic at the time of the offence was described as only “light to medium”.

Magistrates adjourned the case until Friday, February 20, to consider a probation report before sentencing.

Simpson was granted unconditional bail.