A14 'wrong way' driver could be charged

PROSECUTORS are today considering whether to charge an elderly woman after she was reported by police for driving the WRONG way down the A14 for a terrifying ten miles.

PROSECUTORS are today considering whether to charge an elderly woman after she was reported by police for driving the WRONG way down the A14 for a terrifying ten miles.

The 80-year-old narrowly missed oncoming vehicles when she drove toward Ipswich in the Bury St Edmunds-bound carriageway despite coming face-to-face with at least one 45-tonne articulated lorry.

Officers from Suffolk police visited the woman on May 24 and have now reported her for dangerous driving.

They have handed the case to the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecutors have begun the task of deciding if there is enough evidence to pursue a conviction.


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Suffolk police today revealed the woman, who is from the Sudbury area, had agreed to give up her driving licence.

A police spokeswoman said: “The lady was reported for driving offences. She voluntarily handed in her driving licence.”

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Police were alerted at 11.48pm on April 25 that a car was travelling toward Ipswich in the wrong carriageway. A series of motorists fearful that a serious accident was imminent made frantic 999 calls.

Several cars - albeit on the opposite carriageway - drove alongside the woman flashing their lights and sounding their horns in an attempt to get her to pull over.

She was stopped by police 12 minutes after the first report of a problem but by that time she had reached Haughley Bends.

Trucker Kevin Smith, who was driving toward Bury St Edmunds, told The Evening Star how he was confronted with the headlights from the woman's Ford Fiesta coming toward him.

At the time he said: “The first thing I saw was some cars coming in the other directions on the other carriageway and they were flashing their lights vigorously. Then suddenly these headlights appeared in front of me. I was shocked.”

Today Mr Smith said: “It is a relief she has given up her driver's licence.”

Were you one of the drivers who saw the woman driving the wrong way? Or have you had a similar experience? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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