M6 “maniac” causes “life & death havoc”

CCTV shows the red van swerving between lanes, hitting a van, before spinning out of control and ending up at 90 degrees to oncoming traffic between junctions five and six.

Other drivers had to take emergency action, but incredibly, driver Awil Hayow straightened up the van and drove off again.
But seconds later, the 34-year-old struck a Nissan Juke, sending it onto the hard shoulder. The van’s bumper fell off and again traffic was forced to swerve.
Hayow went on to cause a final accident, sending a Ford Transit spinning as he swerved from the hard shoulder into lane one.
Hayow continued for a short distance before giving up and waiting on the hard shoulder.
But when he was approached by police, he adopted a boxer’s stance and resisted arrest, while other vehicles passed by at up to 60mph.
Officers used incapacitant spray, but he only gave up resisting when an officer armed with a Taser arrived.
He refused to give a sample of breath after he was arrested, at around 2pm on 1 July.

Awil Hayow will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Aug 13

Hayow, of no fixed address, admitted dangerous driving, failing to provide specimen and obstructing a PC.

He will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 13 August.

Sgt Mitch Darby, from the Central Motorway Police Group, said:

“This is a really bad case of dangerous driving. At no point did Hayow make any attempt to contact with the emergency services to report the collisions, check on the other drivers or report the fact the his van was stationary in a live lane of traffic with vehicles driving towards it.

“He showed a total disregard for the safety of other motorists who were on the M6, and it is only down to pure luck that no-one was seriously injured or killed because of his driving.”

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