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Pensioner arrested after travelling wrong way down A27

The Argus: Pensioner arrested after travelling wrong way down A27 Pensioner arrested after travelling wrong way down A27

A pensioner has been arrested after driving up to five miles the wrong way down the A27.

The 74-year-old from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving at 6.40am this morning (Wednesday 2).

Police received numerous calls about the driver in a grey Vauxhall Antara vehicle after they had to swerve to avoid him.

An officer travelling on the westbound carriageway managed to get him to stop east of the Kingston roundabout.

No one was injured.

The man was arrested and then released on bail until May 22.

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3:26pm Wed 2 Apr 14

gazzamagoo says...

Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses!
Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses! gazzamagoo
  • Score: -20

3:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

spa301 says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses!
and how old might you be Mr Perfect?
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses![/p][/quote]and how old might you be Mr Perfect? spa301
  • Score: 17

3:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

But for the good sense of dozens of westbound drivers the story might be far different.
Good on Sussex Police for a fast & safe response!!
But for the good sense of dozens of westbound drivers the story might be far different. Good on Sussex Police for a fast & safe response!! Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 41

4:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

bluemonday says...

has the drivers license been withdrawn or can they carry on driving until may 22nd
has the drivers license been withdrawn or can they carry on driving until may 22nd bluemonday
  • Score: 14

5:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe.
Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe. NickBrt
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

HJarrs says...

NickBrt wrote:
Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe.
What's the betting nothing of the sort happens.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe.[/p][/quote]What's the betting nothing of the sort happens. HJarrs
  • Score: -5

5:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

her professional says...

NickBrt wrote:
Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe.
Stupid comment
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Our clever Mp will no doubt now create a stink about Police infringing his human rights or something equally crazy. Provided she can find her way here from Balcombe.[/p][/quote]Stupid comment her professional
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Frank28 says...

He's very lucky not to have had a head-on smash. However, following this incident, even if he doesn't get prosecuted, he might find that he will now be declined motor insurance. No insurance company will accept his risk.
He's very lucky not to have had a head-on smash. However, following this incident, even if he doesn't get prosecuted, he might find that he will now be declined motor insurance. No insurance company will accept his risk. Frank28
  • Score: 15

8:43pm Wed 2 Apr 14

babsticals says...

Tragic I know,but the gentleman should have his driving licence taken from him now,I hope while he is on bail,he is not allowed to drive.
Tragic I know,but the gentleman should have his driving licence taken from him now,I hope while he is on bail,he is not allowed to drive. babsticals
  • Score: 9

8:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

babsticals says...

Why was i just given a "minus vote" ?? The guy could have killed people this morning,as well as his self,surely,he is not in the right mind to drive if he can travel 5 miles down the wrong side of a duel carriage way.Im not been nasty towards him,just practical.
Why was i just given a "minus vote" ?? The guy could have killed people this morning,as well as his self,surely,he is not in the right mind to drive if he can travel 5 miles down the wrong side of a duel carriage way.Im not been nasty towards him,just practical. babsticals
  • Score: 10

9:34pm Wed 2 Apr 14

AshingtonJohn says...

As the greater percentage of accidents are caused by the under 24's are you going to take their licence away as well. There he may have been a personal reason for his actions which may or may not come out in court. But don't tar all older people with the same brush, as on the whole they are the greater percentage of safer drivers. Ask the insurance companies.
As the greater percentage of accidents are caused by the under 24's are you going to take their licence away as well. There he may have been a personal reason for his actions which may or may not come out in court. But don't tar all older people with the same brush, as on the whole they are the greater percentage of safer drivers. Ask the insurance companies. AshingtonJohn
  • Score: 8

9:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

BHA Dave says...

Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...
Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact... BHA Dave
  • Score: 17

9:46pm Wed 2 Apr 14

BHA Dave says...

Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...
Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact... BHA Dave
  • Score: 6

6:40am Thu 3 Apr 14

bluemonday says...

Frank28 wrote:
He's very lucky not to have had a head-on smash. However, following this incident, even if he doesn't get prosecuted, he might find that he will now be declined motor insurance. No insurance company will accept his risk.
but if he's not prosecuted how would the insurance companies know
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: He's very lucky not to have had a head-on smash. However, following this incident, even if he doesn't get prosecuted, he might find that he will now be declined motor insurance. No insurance company will accept his risk.[/p][/quote]but if he's not prosecuted how would the insurance companies know bluemonday
  • Score: 2

6:40am Thu 3 Apr 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

BHA Dave wrote:
Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...
I can think of a good few people who are of a similar age to this chap.
They have all been taking regular retests to the highest possible civilian standard for years.
These tests and the necessary training/tutoring to achieve the standard are available from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Not everyone can achieve the highest standard so the tests are graded but each must be taken every three years to maintain the qualification.
I'd recommend it to anyone.
Compulsory retests at a given age considering the different standards of peoples driving is not IMO the way to go.
[quote][p][bold]BHA Dave[/bold] wrote: Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...[/p][/quote]I can think of a good few people who are of a similar age to this chap. They have all been taking regular retests to the highest possible civilian standard for years. These tests and the necessary training/tutoring to achieve the standard are available from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Not everyone can achieve the highest standard so the tests are graded but each must be taken every three years to maintain the qualification. I'd recommend it to anyone. Compulsory retests at a given age considering the different standards of peoples driving is not IMO the way to go. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 4

9:13am Thu 3 Apr 14

gazzamagoo says...

spa301 wrote:
gazzamagoo wrote:
Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses!
and how old might you be Mr Perfect?
Didn't say I was. I'm 40 and would happily undergo a test at retirement age purely because your senses and reaction times deteriorate. Yes not all pensioners are a danger on the roads but a few are and the only way to reduce the risk is by blanket testing all of us. Nice little money spinner for the government too so I'm surprised it hasn't been introduced.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: Knew it would be a pensioner. Retests at 65, no excuses![/p][/quote]and how old might you be Mr Perfect?[/p][/quote]Didn't say I was. I'm 40 and would happily undergo a test at retirement age purely because your senses and reaction times deteriorate. Yes not all pensioners are a danger on the roads but a few are and the only way to reduce the risk is by blanket testing all of us. Nice little money spinner for the government too so I'm surprised it hasn't been introduced. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

taxidiy says...

BHA Dave wrote:
Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...
I too was one of the many hundreds of drivers who came face to face at 70mph with a vehicle in the outside lane, as someone else has posted, but for the quick thinking of everyone it could easily have become a fatality.
I must add that I am 70 years of age and am still driving full time, having covered about 2.5 million miles, but would be quite willing to take a test to assess by competence to drive safely, I also have a clean license and max no claim on my Taxi and a Mk2 Golf GTI!!
[quote][p][bold]BHA Dave[/bold] wrote: Having been faced with this vehicle in the outside lane this morning there was no stopping him. One wheel on the grass verge and the other on the road, why on earth did he no stop and then do a U turn when safe to do so. It was very lucky no one was seriously injured. I'm 100% behind having to take another test when you reach a certain age as it is clear certain older folk are just no longer capable of driving safely. Sad it may be but it is a fact...[/p][/quote]I too was one of the many hundreds of drivers who came face to face at 70mph with a vehicle in the outside lane, as someone else has posted, but for the quick thinking of everyone it could easily have become a fatality. I must add that I am 70 years of age and am still driving full time, having covered about 2.5 million miles, but would be quite willing to take a test to assess by competence to drive safely, I also have a clean license and max no claim on my Taxi and a Mk2 Golf GTI!! taxidiy
  • Score: 5

12:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

taxidiy says...

That should read "my" not by!
That should read "my" not by! taxidiy
  • Score: 0

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