THIS is the terrifying moment a lorry driver careered the wrong way down a motorway.
Video taken from a police helicopter shows John Taylor, 30, make a U-turn and pull out in front of fast-moving traffic.
John Taylor fled the scene after slamming on the breaks and abandoning the lorry
He is then seen speeding down the M18 in Doncaster, south Yorks, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic, before turning around again and going back up the road.
Taylor eventually slams the breaks on, gets out of the lorry, and flees on foot.
He was later caught by cops hiding in a caravan following the incident on January 10.
Detective Constable William McClean, of South Yorkshire Police, William McClean said: “Taylor showed no thought for the people around him.
“He endangered countless lives that day through his reckless and dangerous actions.
“He put responsible road users at risk not only whilst in the vehicle, but by dumping the lorry and then running through three lanes of traffic on a busy motorway.”
Taylor, of Doncaster, admitted dangerous driving, breaching a suspended sentence and assaulting police officers.
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He was jailed for 28 months at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.
The court heard Taylor refused to stop for police officers before using the 7.5 ton lorry to ram their car several times.
One of the officers involved in the incident suffered minor injuries. No members of the public were hurt.
SWNS:South West News Service The moment a lorry driver u-turned onto the motorway
SWNS:South West News Service John Taylor endangered countless lives by careering down the wrong side of a motorway
SWNS:South West News Service Video taken from a police helicopter shows reckless John Taylor, 30, stopping and fleeing the scene
SWNS:South West News Service John Taylor was jailed for 28 months at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.
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