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Pensioner on a mobility scooter pulled over by police after travelling along 70mph road at rush hour

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 30/11/2022 Arthur Parashar For Mailonline

A rescue mission was successfully carried out after a pensioner was spotted by police travelling along a 70mph road on a mobility scooter at rush hour.

The retired Merchant Navy sailor, identified by police as 'Dennis', was spotted casually riding his 8mph scooter down a slip road towards the busy A38 in Mickleover, Derby.

Astonishing images show the moment that the elderly man was stopped by rescuing officers who hauled him onto white zig-zag markings just feet away from oncoming vehicles. 

Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit rushed to the scene on Tuesday morning at around 9.05am.

Retired Merchant Navy sailor Dennis needed rescuing by police after he was found trundling along a 70pmh road on a mobility scooter © Provided by Daily Mail Retired Merchant Navy sailor Dennis needed rescuing by police after he was found trundling along a 70pmh road on a mobility scooter

Officers closed off the slip road so that Dennis could turn his mobility scooter around and travel back up against the flow of traffic to safety.

It is not yet clear where Dennis - who has 63 years of driving experience - was heading before he was stopped in his tracks.

A Derbyshire Police spokesperson said: 'A call out to assist young 'Dennis' who mistakenly thought he could roll down the A38 on a mobility scooter.

'Despite driving for 63 years, travelling the world with the Merchant Navy and his mobility scooter having a max speed of seven knots we went to his rescue.

It is not yet clear where Dennis - who has 63 years of driving experience - was heading before he was stopped in his tracks © Provided by Daily Mail It is not yet clear where Dennis - who has 63 years of driving experience - was heading before he was stopped in his tracks

'Thanks to our colleagues from Derby City Police (Derby West) for shutting the entry slip road so we could get Dennis to take a port side turn and travel contra flow.'

Social media users were quick to see the funny side, branding the rogue pensioner 'Dennis the A38 Menace'.

One user Anton Andrews said: 'Good on police for simply turning the old boy around, bless him. He was probably just as shocked as them!'

Another commented: 'Three cheers for Dennis the A38 Menace. He clearly realised traffic jams on that road mean 8mph is top speed for most cars on there.'

A third, Max Howell, said: 'Sounds like an episode from Only Fools and Horses. I'm guessing Dennis' first words to police went something like this: 'During the war...'

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