North West Wales

'Lost' driver, 86, wrong side of A55 in search of Rhyl

Location map
Image caption He was driving westbound on the eastbound A55 between Bangor and Llanfairfechan

A "lost and exhausted" pensioner drove the wrong way on a main dual carriageway in north Wales - 14 hours after setting off on a 70 mile trip.

John Marsden, 86, left home near Bolton, Greater Manchester, for a caravan holiday in Rhyl.

Llandudno magistrates heard he set off with maps but was passed at night by other drivers on the wrong side of the road.

He was banned for dangerous driving but said he would not drive again.

The court heard the pensioner left his home at Farnworth at 0830 BST one morning in July.

The journey should have taken around 90 minutes but late at night motorists were passed by him as he drove west on the A55 dual carriageway in an eastbound lane between Llanfairfechan and Bangor.

Police estimated that the widower had been in the wrong carriageway for at least six-and-a-half miles.

As well as one year ban he received a 12 month conditional discharge and was told to pay £35 costs.

If the pensioner wanted to drive again he would have to pass an extended test.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites