CHESHIRE: A 23-year-old man who drove the wrong way down the M56 while high on drugs has been jailed. Hassan Waseem appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday 12 April, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
On top of his custodial sentence, Waseem was banned from driving for three-and-a-half years. Once his ban has expired he will have to take an extended driving test to regain his licence.
Waseem, of Broadstone Road, Heaton Chapel, had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without insurance and possession of a class B drug, the Asian Image has reported.
At around 4.30am on Thursday 10 January police received reports of a white BMW driving the wrong way on the M56 in Cheshire. Callers reported that the car was being driven erratically, changing speeds and drifting across the road between junctions 11 and 12 on the westbound carriageway near Runcorn.
Officers from the Cheshire Police Taskforce team were dispatched and on arrival Sergeant Anton Sullivan saw the vehicle driving towards him at speed with its lights on full beam.
Waseem was arrested at the scene and a drugs test revealed that he had a cannabis reading of 5.5µg/l – more than double the legal limit. Following sentencing, Sergeant Anton Sullivan said: “To have a car driving towards me head-on was terrifying.