Dash cam footage captures moment Volkswagen drives wrong way down dual carriageway


SHOCKING video shows a motorist driving the wrong way on a dual carriageway after allegedly following instructions from his sat nav.

The driver ended up getting stuck in a ditch and according to the dash cam driver, asked to be pushed out as he didn’t want to call a recovery service due to using a company car.

Harry Schild was coming off the A1 at Junction 49 near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, when he met the oncoming Volkswagen Golf which ended up in a ditch.

The 69-year-old uploaded the clip to a closed group yesterday.

The clip begins with Harry driving along the dual carriageway and then pulling off towards Thirsk.

He is seen driving down the slip road whilst talking about driverless cars with his wife.

As he gradually approaches a roundabout, a car suddenly appears prompting someone to say: “Woah what the f***”.

Harry then swerves to avoid it, but the Volkswagen pulls onto the hard shoulder and drives onto the grass.

One user wrote under Harry’s post: “I’d be calling an upholstery cleaner if that was me.”

Harry then pulls over onto the slip road and says he got out the car to offer the young driver assistance as his vehicle was down the embankment.

He says the young driver refused the suggestion to call breakdown services as the Volklswagen was a company car didn’t his work to find out.

After this Harry left and then called the police, but was unable to get anywhere due to poor reception.

He then posted the clip to Facebook.

One user wrote under Harry’s post: “I’d be calling an upholstery cleaner if that was me.”

Another wrote: “Even when the sat nav tells you to turn, you still have to apply some common sense and abide by the highway code.”

Harry explained how the incident, which was filmed in July, could have been a lot worse.

He said: “The A1 passes over a bridge and the on and off slip roads are either side of the bridge.

“It’s an easy mistake to make if you are not concentrating.  I’ve seen many a driver about to turn up it, but have realised it was the wrong turning and driven a few feet to the correct turning.

The incident, which was filmed in July, was only recently uploaded to Facebook, Image: Facebook

“I stopped and walked back up the slip road to check if the driver was safe.  The car was down the embankment facing uphill at about 45 degrees. It was also tilting over by the same amount.

“He asked if I would help him push the car up. He felt sure that if I pushed from behind he could drive the car back on the road. I told him to come round the car quickly.

“If it slipped and rolled over he would be crushed. He eventually did comply, but kept saying ‘I’m sure we can get it out’.

Police attended the incident and the car was in the ditch when they arrived

“I tried to explain that on grass at that angle the car would almost certainly roll over if any attempt to move it were made, and that it could do so on it’s own. It was in a very precarious position.

“I asked if he had breakdown cover. He said he didn’t want to call them as it was a company car and he’d get into trouble.

“I decided at that point that I didn’t want to be involved any further as I felt sure he would try again to move the car.

“When I returned to my car and rang the police but reception was very poor and the officer could not hear me clearly, or so he said.

“I was pleased that I still have the reactions to keep control in such circumstances. Shame the young driver could not.”

North Yorkshire Police confirmed they attended the incident.

He said: “Police received a report of a blue VW Golf in a ditch by the slip road off the A1(M) towards the A168, at about 1pm on Friday 5 July 2019.

“Officers attended and assisted with recovering the car. There were no reports of any injuries.”

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