Video shows driver speeding on wrong side of dual carriageway

Dramatic video footage of the moment a car sped past unsuspecting motorists on the wrong side of a busy dual-carriageway earlier this month has appeared online.

Video shows driver speeding on wrong side of dual carriageway

The ‘dashcam’ video show’s a silver Mercedes car driving north in one of the south bound lanes of the N18 at Bunratty in Co Clare on June 18.

The so-called ‘ghost driver’ was arrested following a lengthy pursuit by gardaí but not before he caused two accidents involving three other cars.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30am when gardaí received numerous calls from motorists reporting a vehicle travelling the wrong way along the N18 Limerick to Galway dual-carriageway.

The car was reported to have been driving at speed and erratically and changing from the inner lane to the outer overtaking lane. One driver had to swerve at the last second to avoid the oncoming Mercedes and collided with another car in the inside lane.

The occupants of both cars escaped injury while soon afterwards another driver had a lucky escape after his car collided with the median barrier while trying to avoid the Mercedes.

The offending car continued travelling in the direction of Shannon without stopping and later changed over to the correct north bound lanes of the N18 dual-carriageway before joining the M18 motorway near Shannon.

A motorcycle garda spotted the Mercedes and gave chase. The garda, with his sirens blaring and blue lights flashing, pulled alongside the vehicle and indicated to the driver to pull over. The driver failed to do so.

The Mercedes continued to junction 15 at Crusheen where he left the motorway while still being pursued by the motorcycle garda.

The video footage that has now appeared online shows the car driving the wrong way at junction 6 near Bunratty 30km south of junction 15.

The driver was arrested after he left the motorway at Crusheen from where he drover up a country road and into a cul-de-sac. He was taken to Ennis Garda Station for questioning but later transferred into the care of the HSE.

The Garda investigation into the incident is continuing.

In 2012, an elderly man drove more than 10km on the wrong side of the same section N18 and only avoided causing a massive pile-up by the quick actions of other motorists.

In October 2009, a 72-year-old woman was killed after she mistakenly drove almost 5km on the wrong side of the N18 (now M18) near Ennis.

Two years later, the National Roads Authority installed new vehicle activated warning signs, on a trial basis, at junctions 13 and 14 on the M18 in an effort to cut the number of incidents.

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