A car being rammed by police after driving the wrong way on the motorway.

Reggie Reed was jailed for 8 months following the manoeuvre (Picture: Hyde News)

A man who tried to drive the wrong way down a motorway to escape police has been jailed for eight months.

Reggie Reed was rammed by a police car shortly after performing an ‘incredibly dangerous and reckless’ U-turn on the M4 on December 13 last year.

He had pulled over to the hard shoulders when stopped by officers – but then accelerated away from them on the dark, busy road.  

Police attempted to stop the 21-year-old on the westbound carriageway close to Junction 15 but he sped off, crossing two lanes of traffic.  

Police cars pursued Reed – who was disqualified and uninsured – and he ended up turning back into the flow of traffic in lane three.

At that point, an officer dramatically intervened to smash his car against the barrier and stop him going any further.

The officer involved said it was the ‘most dangerous manoeuvre’ he had ever seen on the motorway, with the incident being captured by a police dash cam.

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Wiltshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit justified the decision to ram the car with a ‘tactical manoeuvre’ as protecting public safety.

He was convicted at Swindon Crown Court on January 14 for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance.

And on Tuesday, he was jailed for eight months and disqualified from driving for two years.

Sergeant Will Ayres, from Wiltshire Police, said: ‘Reed showed a complete disregard for the authority of the officers who were trying to stop him, and then drove incredibly dangerously and recklessly while trying to evade us.

This is the dramatic moment a police car deliberately rammed a car being driven the wrong way down the M4 motorway.

Reed was uninsured and disqualified from driving at the time (Picture: Hyde News & Pictures)

‘Not only did he fail to stop when ordered to do so by police, but he ended up driving the wrong way on a busy, dark motorway.

‘It is only thanks to the swift action of the officers in question that Reed was prevented from causing serious injury to himself or the other motorists on that section of motorway.’

PC Luke Hobbs, the officer conducting the pursuit, added: ‘This was the most dangerous manoeuvre I have witnessed on the motorway, and stopping him from driving the wrong way down the M4 was my only option and something I did automatically.

‘The consequences if I had allowed him to keep driving could have been catastrophic and I would rather risk injury to myself than put members of the public at risk.’

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