Rhyl driver jailed after 'sheer madness' on motorway

Christopher Jones
Jones' driving was described as 'sheer lunacy' by police Photo: Andrew Price / View Finder Pictures

A driver from Rhyl has been jailed after speeding on the M25 motorway in the wrong direction - for 14 miles.

In an act described by police as 'sheer lunacy', 26-year-old Christopher Jones drove on the hard-shoulder of the west-bound carriageway in Surrey - travelling east.

Jones admitted dangerous driving and was jailed for 25 months, banned from driving for two years, and ordered to take an extended re-test.

He also admitted to driving offences in Rhyl.

Judge Niclas Parry described his behaviour on the M25 motorway in June as 'sheer madness'.

It is quite astounding that no one was hurt or serious damage caused. It was an extremely dangerous course of driving.

– Judge Niclas Parry

Mold Crown Court heard the chase started when police saw Jones driving without lights on the A22.

He sped through red traffic lights and overtook other vehicles in a bid to shake off the police before he joined the M25.

Despite officers using a stinger device across the whole motorway in a bid to stop him, he carried on - with three flat tyres.

The court was told Jones drove at a policeman, caused chaos for other vehicles and narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian during his journey.

And an airline pilot on his way to Gatwick Airport came close to missing his flight after his vehicle was damaged by the police stinger device used to try to stop Jones.

Jones eventually stopped the damaged vehicle and tried to run away - but fell and was found in brambles with a dislocated shoulder.

Nicholas Williams, for Jones, said his driving on the M25 had been 'appalling'.

"Everyone can regard themselves as extremely lucky that no injuries actually occurred," he said.

Co-defendant 20-year-old George Mellor admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice after he claimed he had been the driver of a car chased by police in Rhyl.

But a CCTV film showed Christopher Jones driving - and he had also been recognised by two police officers.

Judge Parry told Mellor that he had been a complete fool but not so stupid as to continue the lie in the witness box.

Mellor received a 16-week suspended sentence with 100 hours unpaid work and £100 costs.