Watch the moment a Lithuanian truck driver did a U-turn onto the M6, after approaching the wrong way down the exit slip road, in the middle of the rush hour, because he couldn’t pay the £11 toll.
Police have released video footage of the incident last month on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire as the 51-year-old driver swung his 40-tonne lorry back onto the carriageway.
Cannock Magistrates’ Court heard he had tried to leave the toll motorway at 5.30pm on October 23, but his cash card was not accepted in a payment booth. The Russian speaker attempted to use an intercom but could not make himself understood.
The Central Motorway Police Group saw the incident on CCTV cameras and officers brought the lorry to a stop a short time later.
Papachin appeared in court with a Russian interpreter where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving last month. He received a 15-week suspended sentence and was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £85 costs.