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Wrong-Way Motorway Smash Captured On Video
Dramatic video footage of a police car smashing into a vehicle being driven the wrong way down a motorway has been released.
An officer is heard repeatedly shouting "He's gonna hit us" as the Honda Jazz travels towards them at 50mph in the dark on the M6 toll road near Lichfield.
The police dashboard camera then captures the moment the officers deliberately crash into the car, being driven by a 77-year-old man with dementia.
The police driver is heard telling his colleague: "I had to mate." The officer replies: "I know you did, I know you did."
The police force has praised the bravery of the traffic officers for choosing to engineer the collision to prevent the car from hitting oncoming traffic.
The male driver, from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands, had earlier been reported missing by his family.
He was not hurt in the crash on the northbound carriageway of the motorway. One of the officers suffered a minor injury in Monday's incident.
Inspector Greg Jennings, force traffic manager, said: "Traffic officers are highly trained to make good decisions in difficult situations and a very challenging environment.
"These officers have kept their resolve in the face of a serious threat to ensure the safety of the public directly behind them."
Inspector Mark Watkins, of Central Motorway Police Group, said the officers hit the side of the car in a manoeuvre usually used in pursuits.
"It's a recognised pursuit tactic in order to bring incidents to a conclusion," he said.