A group of motorists apprehended and punched a driver who they thought was driving while drunk, but was actually having a stroke.
The man was reportedly held down by others and punched by angry drivers after they assumed he was too drunk to drive. The man had been swerving across the road and hitting other cars, before he crashed into a barrier.
The drivers, in his 40s, was driving southbound on the M25, between junctions 13 and 14, when the incident began.
Other motorists managed to pull over and restrain the driver. However, one motorcyclist, who had not been directly involved, punched the driver, who had just had a stroke, before driving away again.
An ambulance arrived at the scene, where it was confirmed the man had suffered from medical issues, which they believed to be a stroke, and took him to hospital.
Surrey Police are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident, writing on Twitter:
Driver reported to be drunk & hitting other cars but was actually having a stroke. Was assaulted by a passing motorist. If you saw anything please call Surrey Police
WITNESS APPEAL #M25 14to13 today 1015. Driver reported to be drunk & hitting other cars but was actually having a stroke. Was assaulted by a passing motorist. If you saw anything please call Surrey Police ref P18281601 pic.twitter.com/lY8OOgSXzG
— RPU – Surrey Police (@SurreyRoadCops) November 24, 2018
A spokesperson for Surrey Police said, via Metro:
It came in to us as a drink driver.
The car was trying to get to the hard shoulder and in the process of getting to the hard shoulder he collided with a few other cars and then crashed into the barrier.
A number of other motorists also pulled over and tried to detain the driver who was later found to be having a medical episode [by paramedics].
It was a motorcyclist who assaulted the man with a punch. The driver of the motorcycle wasn’t involved in any collision. The motorcyclist then quickly left the scene.
The incident occurred on the M25 southbound, between junctions 14 and 13, on Saturday, November 24, at around 10.15am. Police are asking any witnesses to call 101 or contact Surrey Police.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.