Pole in a hole takes on traffic
TOLL HOLE FOR ERRANT POLE: The toll plaza on the UK's M6 freeway where a cashless Pole took the gap with a U-turn - and now has to pay out much, much more than a toll fee.
BIRMINGHAM, England - Drivers generally avoid road tolls by taking an alternative route but this Pole, in Britain for only a few days, made other choices.
When Damion Czarnocki, 20, realised he handn't the cash for the toll, the London Daily Mail reported, he turned his Skoda around in the middle of the multi-lane M6 and drove against the high-speed traffic for six kilometres. He was stopped by police.
After being pulled over Czarnocki, who was delivering a rental car from Manchester to a customer in the south of England, said he had ended up on the toll road by mistake and did not have the £5.50 - about R75 - fee.
'ENGLISH NOT GOOD'
He said he realised he was going in the wrong direction so made a U-turn in lanes one and two as he approached the booths.
The prosecutor said Czarnocki then travelled in the wrong direction along the hard shoulder. "He had only been in the country for a few days and his English was not very good."
Czarnocki pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. He was banned from driving for a year and ordered to do 80 hours of community service and pay court costs of £85 (about R1150).
His lawyer said: "He did not want to be on that part of the road. He found himself near the toll booth and turned around."