Woman arrested for driving the wrong way on Madrid motorway

Woman arrested for driving the wrong way on Madrid motorway. Image: Guardia Civil

The driver drove in the wrong direction for seven kilometres to avoid a motorway toll.

Staff on the R-3 radial motorway reported that a vehicle had changed direction when it reached the toll booth and was driving in the uphill lanes towards Arganda del Rey, but was travelling in the direction of the M-40, the Guardia Civil confirmed on Sunday, September 25.

After receiving the warning from the COTA Centre, a patrol of the Guardia Civil de Trafico, belonging to the Traffic Detachment of Valdemoro (Madrid), went to the motorway and initiated the protocol established for the location and detention of vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

Once the vehicle was located and immobilised, the agents verified that the driver of the vehicle had carried out the manoeuvre with full awareness of what she was doing, in order to avoid going through the toll.

The woman drove a total of seven kilometres in the opposite direction, putting her own life and the lives of other road users at risk, and was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving with manifest disregard for the lives of others.

Both tests for alcohol and drugs were negative.

The driver of the vehicle was remanded in custody as the investigators found that she had no legal address in Spain.

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Anna Ellis

Originally from the UK, Anna is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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