Police rescue pensioner travelling at 8mph on busy A-road

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Police were inundated with calls about the elderly man, thought to be in his eighties, who headed along the A27 trunk road near the Shoreham flyover in West Sussex on Monday.

A van driver pulled up behind the man, who is from the Worthing area, and followed him with hazard lights flashing to alert other motorists until police arrived.

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A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Fortunately, the police vehicle that attended was large enough to load up man and scooter and he was dropped off at his bank with a few words of advice about staying off main roads.”

He added: “The gentleman in question is rather confused and embarrassed.”

A similar incident occurred in February last year when Stanley Murphy found himself at the same junction of the A27 after he accidentally took a wrong turn when he went out to buy a newspaper.

Mr Murphy, then 91, was picked up by police after travelling at 8mph for about half a mile down the dual carriageway on his Atlas mobility scooter.

He told police he kept his “pedal to the metal” in the centre of the slow lane as the cars drove past him before eventually being flagged down by a concerned truck driver.

Meanwhile only last month a man in his 80s caused traffic chaos when he took his mobility scooter on the A12 near Boreham, Essex.

He travelled along the road for seven miles, at 8mph, with police forced to form a rolling roadblock behind the scooter until he could turn off the road.

He was reported to the Crown Prosecution Service for careless driving.

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