95-year-old drives wrong way on A12

A 95-year-old who caused chaos for motorists after driving the wrong way down a major road has agreed to hand in his licence.

The man drove for five miles heading north on the southbound A12 near Mountnessing in Essex.

Police said they took more than 20 emergency calls reporting the incident.

Drivers tried to stop the man by flashing their lights, but he continued until police intervened.

The Essex Police helicopter was scrambled to the area whilst the A12 Alliance team, which patrols the road, was also called.

Road policing patrol cars and local officers closed various slip roads to prevent traffic heading south during the incident shortly after 11pm.

The driver was eventually stopped by police when he turned off the A12 at Mountnessing to the south of Chelmsford. He was taken to his home in the Colchester area in a police car.

Officers from the A12 Alliance team visited the man the following day when he surrendered his driving licence.

Pc Alan Barlow of the A12 Alliance patrol team said "Numerous police resources were used to stop this man and to safeguard other members of the public. Luckily on this occasion no-one was injured."

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