Man jailed over M40 wheel grab coach crash
A man has been jailed for a year for causing a crash which left a coach on its side on an embankment on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.
The Oxford Tube double-decker coach to London crashed on 30 August 2010.
Thomas Roby, 21, of Cavell Road, Oxford, grabbed the wheel from the driver and the coach overturned, police said.
He was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court after admitting causing danger to road users by interfering with a vehicle.
The court awarded £500 to the coach driver, Trevor License, and commended his bravery.
Police said at about 0200 BST, the coach was travelling between junctions three and two on the M40 southbound when Roby, a passenger on the coach, grabbed the wheel.
Twelve passengers and the coach driver were on board.
No-one was seriously injured in the crash. One passenger required hospital treatment for minor injuries.
Roby fled from the scene and hid in the back garden of a nearby property before being found by officers and arrested.
Pc Ryan Whiles said: "This collision was caused entirely by Roby grabbing the wheel and could have had far worse consequences for those on the coach.
"It is only down to the skill of the driver that no-one was seriously injured.
"This was still a terrifying incident for those involved and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the coach."
Roby was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court, which was sitting at Wycombe Magistrates' Court.