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Lorry driver travelled wrong way along M6 sentenced

The lorry driver drove ten miles wrong way down the M6 and was only brought to a stop by other drivers creating a blockade Photo: ITV Central
The lorry can be seen here on CCTV cameras travelling the wrong way on the M6 Credit: CCTV West Midlands Police

A lorry driver who drove the wrong way down the M6 motorway for ten miles has been sentenced to 8 months in prison.

50-year-old Pal Korbely from Hungary admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

He had parked his lorry at Hilton services on the M6 on Saturday 7th July for a rest period.

That afternoon he watched the Grand Prix with two other drivers using a satelite dish on top of his cab, he was drinking home-made plum brandy at 51% proof and beer.

Amazingly there were no collisions and he was eventually stopped by three HGV drivers who blockaded the carriageway. Credit: CCTV Footage

At 10.30pm for no apparent reason, he drove his vehicle southbound on the northbound carriageway of the M6 with no lights on.

Amazingly there were no collisions and he was eventually stopped by three HGV drivers who blockaded the carriageway.

Mr Korbely was immediately arrested.

The court heard that he had 30 years experience as a driver and he had never had as much as as speeding ticket before.

Judge Paul Farrer, said:

"It was little more than good fortune that nobody was killed or injured.

"The public have reason to be grateful for the actions of the three drivers whose fast-thinking and bravery made you stop, you should be grateful to them as well"

– Judge Paul Farrer,

Mr Korbely will be disqualified from driving for three years.