Driver scared of bridges escorted over Dartford Crossing after satnav leads him astray (From News Shopper)
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Driver scared of bridges escorted over Dartford Crossing after satnav leads him astray
A DRIVER who is scared of bridges had to be escorted through the Dartford Tunnel by police after his satnav led him the wrong way.
Officers were called to junction 1B of the M25 at 9.30am this morning to the motorist, who had pulled onto the hard shoulder.
After speaking with him, they were told he was unable to proceed into Essex because he suffered from gephyrophobia – an anxiety order brought about by the fear of bridges.
Even though his journey would have seen him pass through the Dartford Tunnel rather than over the Dartford Bridge, the man still said he was unable to continue.
Eventually, a police officer drove the man’s car through the tunnel whilst he was a passenger on board.
More than two hours later, at 11.57am, the man was able to continue his journey.
Inspector Paul Sellwood, of the Kent Police Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘This incident shows how seriously we take all calls we receive from members of the public.
"We always respond and we try to help to the best of our ability.
"Our role is maintaining order and safety on the roads, so if someone is concerned, trapped or scared, it's our job to attend and help and support them wherever we can."