Hungarian HGV driver Pal Korbely, 50, has been sentenced to 8 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 3 years after admitting dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol
Mr Korbely was arrested after driving his driving a lorry the wrong way along the M6 without his headlights switched on. Mr Korbely, who admitted to having spent the day drinking homemade plum brandy, was breathalysed and found to be almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit.
Police said Mr Korbely joined the M6 via an incorrect slip road from Hilton Park services at 22:25 BST. Several calls were made reporting the lorry, prompting the Highways Agency into action, using overhead signs to warn motorists and guiding them around the vehicle.
Korbely's 10 mile drive was brought to an end by 3 HGV drivers who formed a blockade and prevented him from causing any further risk to road users. Judge Paul Farrer QC remarked that "They are to be commended for their fast thinking and brave actions which may have saved lives". He ordered that each will receive a reward of £250 for their actions.
By Francesca Snape