Watch the moment that Wiltshire Police officers stopped a car driving the wrong way down the M4.

On December 13, officers had to use a tactical manoeuvre to stop 21-year-old driver, Reggie John Reed.

Police instructed him to stop on the westbound carriageway of the motorway close to Junction 15 but although he initially pulled over onto the hard shoulder, Reed then accelerated off, crossing two lanes of traffic.

When Reed approached stationary traffic, he performed a u-turn and started driving against the flow of traffic in lane three.

Due to the risk to other road users, police were forced to perform a tactical move to stop him.

The officer conducting the pursuit, PC Luke Hobbs said: "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."

Reggie Reed, of Kingshill Road in Swindon, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on January 14 and was sentenced for dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance.

He was jailed for eight months and disqualified from driving for two years.

Sergeant Will Ayres, from Wiltshire Police's Roads Policing Unit, 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.

“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.”

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