Changing Lanes

Written by Norton Folgate

Thursday, 1 May 2008

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A pensioner was reliving the moment he could not get off the M25 and drove round it twice before being rescued.

Edward Friskin of Harrogate had driven down to see family in Brentwood, Essex.

Friskin said: 'I filled the car up on the M1 and then got onto the M25, that's where my nightmare started. I just could not get off as all the exits looked the same.

'I got to the Dartford Crossing but got in the Auto Toll lanes and had no choice but to continue my journey.'

Friskin eventually ran out of petrol and was forced to mount a grass verge where he waited over 28 minutes before an off duty policemen noticed his vehicle and stopped to assist.

PC John Staples said: 'I thought it strange; he was halfway up the grass verge.'

After a hot cup of tea and a fresh tank of petrol, Friskin's was sent on his way under a heavy police escort.

DreamWork Pictures are already understood to be turning Friskin's plight into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Rhys Ifans will play the AA Mechanic, John Hannah the policeman and the role of Friskin will be played by Leslie Phillips.

Kiera Knightly is hotly touted to play Friskin's granddaughter.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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