Wrong way M5 driver given suspended jail sentence

28/03/2014

A motorist who admitted being twice over the drink drive legal limit and then driving in the wrong direction along the M5 motorway, has today been given four-month jail term, suspended for 12 months at Wolverhampton Crown and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work.

In the early hours of 4 December 2013, Katy Homer, aged 27, drove her Vauxhall Astra car the wrong way down an exit slip road at Junction 2 of the M5 motorway in Oldbury and continued driving north along the southbound carriageway.

A HGV, which was driving in the right direction, observed the Astra and began to flash his lights and sound his horn, but the defendant continued heading in the wrong direction. The HGV driver then had to take evasive action in order to avoid colliding with Homer's car.

She eventually exited the motorway the wrong way up the entry slip road at Junction 1, West Bromwich where she was stopped by officers in a marked police car who were present at the scene dealing with an unrelated matter.

The defendant was arrested and taken to Smethwick police station where specimens of breath were taken from her. She was twice over the legal limit.

She was later charged and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle alcohol level above limit.

Homer was also today banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Sean Kyne, Acting Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Katy Homer was twice over the drink drive limit and then drove her car on the motorway in the wrong direction. Her irresponsible actions not only put herself in danger but other road users too.

"It was fortunate that this dangerous act was undertaken at a time when traffic conditions were light or the risks would have been substantially increased.

"We hope that this case sends out a clear message that driving when drunk is extremely dangerous and offenders will be prosecuted."