Brentwood police officer who stopped elderly woman on M25 driving towards oncoming traffic praised for 'bravery'
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2019
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A Brentwood police officer has been commended for his bravery after stopping an elderly woman who was driving speeding towards oncoming traffic on the M25.
Pc Arran Groom, from Brentwood's local policing team, was on his way to get a statement at around 10.15pm on Tuesday, August 13, when he heard on his radio about a car on the M25 driving in the wrong direction.
PC Groom was in the inside lane of the anti-clockwise carriageway driving alongside an elderly woman who was driving in the inside lane of the other carriageway.
They were both side to side with the woman narrowly hitting traffic when he flashed his emergency lights.
She then came to a stop in a live lane.
Fearing for the safety of others, Pc Groom stopped his car, climbed over the central reservation and got the woman to safety.
Other motorists were quick to notice the danger and all slowed. We have since notified the DVLA about the incident.
Pc Groom said: "Initially I was in shock and then instinct kicked in.
"I had a second or so to think about what to do and I did what I thought was sensible - to use my emergency lights.
"The driver was frail, confused and dazed and somehow found herself driving towards traffic on one the country's busiest roads in darkness.
""I believe she would have ended up crashing in the end, potentially killing other drivers and herself.
"I like to think I saved her life, although we will never know."
District commander for Brentwood and Epping, Ch Insp Lewis Basford said: "Pc Arran Groom's natural reaction was to save lives and his instinct took over.
"His actions clearly saved the woman and other road users from serious harm or even death and I'd personally like to commend his bravery.
"I'm now in the process of submitting an application for PC Groom to receive some form of recognition for his work, so fingers crossed."