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Wheelie daft: Police pull over mobility scooter rider on 70mph road

End of the road: The mobility scooter on the busy road PICTURE: SWNS

POLICE were left stunned after having to pull over a mobility scooter trundling along a busy 70mph dual carriageway.

Officers spotted the buggy rider putting their life at risk as they slowly travelled at 8mph along the A5 between Shrewsbury and Wellington, Shropshire.

The scooter was stopped by traffic cops before a recovery truck was called to transport it and the driver to a place of safety.

West Mercia Police shared a picture of the electric scooter being towed away and warned people to avoid travelling on dangerous roads unless equipped to do so.

Shrewsbury Police tweeted: ‘We would like to remind people that mobility scooters, and fast roads such as the A5 Shrewsbury to Wellington, are not a great combination.’

Residents reacted online in astonishment to the rider’s reckless actions along one of the busiest stretches of road in the area.

Lee Bully replied: ‘I did wonder why it was on the back of the truck when I saw it near Wellington. The driver did well to get as far as the A5.’

Dave Chapman added: ‘I had to double take when I saw it next to your van whilst sat at the lights. That’s a fast feeder lane on to the A5. Lucky escape, I’d say.’

Tom Parker added: ‘That is the busiest road you could possibly pick to ride a scooter along. What on earth were they thinking? Absolute madness.’

Web user Moderdaymeldrew added ‘natural selection of the highest order’, while Gayle Evans wrote: ‘What an idiot. Dangerous and very stupid.’

The majority of mobility scooters travel at about 4mph, which they are restricted to on pavements. Some can travel up to 8mph on roads if they are registered with the DVLA.