What a balloon! Driver careers along motorway at 70mph with airbags inflated for 15 miles

  • The driver of the black Peugeot now faces prosecution for dangerous driving
  • Police said he swerved between the lanes on the M40 with the air bags deployed

A car driver was called a ‘right balloon’ today after he careered for more than 15 miles along a motorway at 70mph with the airbags inflated.

Police said it was amazing he did not crash and kill someone as he could hardly see or move behind the bags.

The driver of the black Peugeot now faces prosecution for dangerous driving after police forced the battered car to a halt.

Thames Valley Police said he swerved between the lanes on the M40 for more than 15 miles with the air bags deployed.

The car bounced at least four times off the central reservation between Warwickshire and Bicester.

The car bounced at least four times off the central reservation between Warwickshire and Bicester

The driver of the black Peugeot now faces prosecution for dangerous driving after police forced the battered car to a halt

The driver of the black Peugeot now faces prosecution for dangerous driving after police forced the battered car to a halt

Traffic police, alerted by terrified motorists, caught up with the car, which had its rear window missing and a ‘distinct’ lack of tyre on the rim, at 6.15am.

They said the driver passed drug and field impairment tests, but now faces prosecution for dangerous driving and probably other offences too.

A police spokesperson said: ‘The risk posed to the public by this driver who was swerving across the motorway for in excess of 15 miles in this condition was substantial.

‘Tiredness is no defence and the prolonged nature of this standard of driving makes it dangerous.

‘He passed our tests showing he was not under the influence and there are no medical concerns.’

Pictured: Air bags (File photo). Thames Valley Police said the driver swerved between the lanes on the M40 for more than 15 miles with the air bags deployed

Pictured: Air bags (File photo). Thames Valley Police said the driver swerved between the lanes on the M40 for more than 15 miles with the air bags deployed

In June, a gas engineer was banned from driving after his company car called 999 when he crashed while drunk and the airbags inflated.

Alan McShane, 37, had been out to watch a football match in May when he clipped a kerb on his way home.

The crash triggered the airbags on his electric Mercedes EQC 4×4, which automatically alerted the emergency services, a court heard.

Michael Henderson, defending, said his client remembered hearing a voice, which was part of the safety system, asking him if he was all right.

Tests revealed McShane had a blood alcohol level of 110 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath – more than three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes. 



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