A MOTORIST who crossed a central reservation and drove the wrong way on a dual carriageway moments after a head-on collision has been banned from driving.

Emergency services were responding to a life-threatening incident on the A24 at Dial Post on December 22, where three people were seriously injured.

The dual carriageway had been closed while police and paramedics provided urgent care but, rather than wait for the scene to be cleared safely, Beau Feighan crossed a grass verge on to the opposing carriageway to drive past the incident, narrowly avoiding a second head-on collision.

The 29-year-old told police that his reason for risking another potentially fatal collision was he was “late for work” and “didn’t want to sit behind the police”.

The electrician said because he was self-employed, he could not afford to wait and said he “wasn’t going to sit in traffic for free”.

At Crawley Magistrates' Court on June 15, Feighan, of Ashcroft Road, Chessington in Surrey, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was disqualified.

He was told he would need to take an extended retest before he is allowed back behind the wheel.

The court also ordered Feighan to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, 15 rehabilitation activity requirement sessions and 19 sessions at the Thinking Skills Programme.

He must also pay a £95 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Roads Policing Unit officer PC Christina Lane said: “We were already responding to a serious and potentially fatal road traffic collision on the A24.

“So Feighan’s decision to go onto the opposite carriageway was selfish and reckless.

“There was a high risk of him causing a serious injury or fatality to himself, another road user, the emergency responders, and to the existing casualties who we were looking after.

“Footage shows he was only a split second from causing another collision with an unsuspecting member of the public to be patient while emergency services respond.

“We understand that there can be frustration with delays as we respond to incidents, but we ask the public to be patient while emergency services respond.

“Inconsiderate driving, such as that by Feighan, is one the ‘fatal five’ causes of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. He is lucky not to have caused another tragedy.”

The three people injured in the collision are continuing to make their recoveries, with an investigation into the collision continuing.