Watch the terrifying moment a drunk HGV driver swerved across a motorway

Footage from Thames Valley Police shows the “terrifying” moment a man was arrested in May for driving erratically on the M4.

53-year-old Andrew Champion was sentenced to fourteen months in prison and banned from driving for four years and seven months last month. Now, video of the incident has revealed just how dangerous the situation was. : Police arrest man after crash by Slough Texaco petrol station left one man in hospital

Officers stopped the vehicle near Reading and made Champion undergo a breath test, which revealed that his blood alcohol levels were nearly five times over the legal limit. When officers looked inside the vehicle they found a half-drunk bottle of whisky next to the driver’s seat.

Andrew Champion has been jailed following the incident

During the pursuit, Champion ignored police signals to stop his vehicle and even came close to hitting a broken-down car on the hard shoulder. Footage shows the lorry trundling down the motorway before a sting operation set up by the Thames Valley Police forces Champions vehicle to come to a halt.

Police officers then jump out of their cars and smash the window open to get inside and arrest the man. PC Jay Clifton from Wiltshire’s Road Policing Unit was the first on the scene and praised the actions of a Highways Maintenance Vehicle which had switched on its lights to warn other drivers. “He was effectively creating rolling barrier on the motorway and slowing other members of the public down to stop them from passing and getting anywhere near the lorry.

That person’s actions, I’ve no idea who it is to this day, probably saved lives,” he said. “The lorry weaved from the second lane on to the hard shoulder, missing a recovery vehicle and the vehicle being recovered by a couple of feet. How he didn’t hit them, I don’t know.

It was terrifying.” PC Clifton also said: “I’ve been on the roads policing unit for 17 years and I’ve never seen anything like that before. “It’s not the damage he could do to himself which is going to happen, it’s the danger to other members of the public.

“Had he crossed the carriageway into oncoming vehicles, had he gone into the roadworks and hit a member of the maintenance crew – people could have died.”

As well as receiving a jail sentence, Champion was fined GBP156 and has been banned from driving for four years and seven months and will have to take an extended retest when his driving ban is lifted.

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