By Oisin Sweeney • 06 January 2021 • 15:18
The Brit was pulled over by gendarmes on the A75 autoroute - Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
A BRITISH man was fined by French police after driving six miles on the wrong side of a motorway on New Year’s Eve.
The motorist was returning from the Spanish border, where he’d been denied entry as he lacked a negative Covid test. Driving through the night of December 31st back to the UK, he possibly didn’t realise he’d done six miles on the wrong lane of the motorway as the roads were deserted due to France’s strict curfew and lockdown.
Local media reports that the Brit was pulled over by French police who noticed him driving against potential traffic on the A75 autoroute. Upon being pulled over, he explained to the officers that he was just trying to get home to the UK, having been turned away from Spain. The gendarmes escorted him to the correct side of the motorway and issued a £122 (€134) fine to the man for his motorway offense and for breaching France’s curfew laws.
He continued on his journey. Oud-Ouest, a local newspaper, reports that while the man was completely sober at the time of his arrest. Police in the same area arrested three drunk drivers and one motorist who was driving under the influence of drugs on New Year’s Eve.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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