Driver forces police car into traffic on M18, injuring officers

South Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses after an incident on the M18 in which officers in a police car were forced into oncoming traffic.

The firearms officers were on a routine patrol when they spotted a grey BMW stopped in a live lane between Junction 1 of the M18 and the M1 link road, just after 9.30am on April 18.

Acting Inspector Tom Fisher said: “Officers believed the driver had suffered a medical episode at the wheel and therefore forced entry to the car.

“At this point, the car suddenly reversed and collided with the parked police vehicle.”

The two officers were forced into a live lane of traffic, resulting in minor injuries.

The BMW was later found stationary in a lane at Junction 33 on the M1, by traffic officers. It appeared the driver had once again lost consciousness, but he awoke on the officers’ arrival.

The driver, a 45-year-old man from Doncaster, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, assault on an emergency worker, and being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

He has since been released under investigation.

South Yorkshire Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incidents at either location to contact them with any information or dashcam footage.

If you have any more information, call 101 or submit a report online, or send footage to

Quote incident number 274 of 18 April when you email or call.

Written by Ben Shahrabi

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