A MOTORIST who caused a head-on smash while travelling the wrong way along the M6 – and above the legal drug- and drink-drive limits – has been jailed.
Usman Hussain’s Volkswagen Golf was seen by a shocked eyewitness to initially steer from the northbound hard shoulder into the path of an HGV, before making a dramatic hard right U-turn across three motorway lanes.
Thirty-year-old Hussain – seen apparently “staring into his lap” behind the wheel – headed south along lane three of the northbound carriageway, on a bend between junctions 38 at Tebay and 39 near Shap on the afternoon of August 27 last year, before crashing head-on into a Mercedes which was left an insurance write-off.
Driver Colin Frame amazingly escaped serious injury in the collision but was left out of pocket, suffered flashbacks and lost sleep and confidence as a result of the crash. He had been forced to stop playing golf and football, and needed physio sessions.
Hussain – a man without previous convictions – was found to be more than three times the limit for a cocaine breakdown product; and one-and-a-half times the lawful alcohol limit.
After being checked over at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, Hussain, of Denby Street, Bradford, told police of the incident: “It’s all a bit of a blank.”
He admitted dangerous driving, drug- and drink-driving, and was sentenced at the city’s crown court.
Despite hearing mitigation and suspended jail term appeals, Recorder Eric Lamb concluded “unhesitatingly” that a 10-month prison sentence should be immediate. Hussain – married with one child and another on the way – must serve a two-year driving ban when released, and pass an extended re-test.
Recorder Lamb said of Mr Frame: “He came around the bend to be confronted with that nightmare for any driver – an oncoming car where it shouldn’t be, coming straight at him.”