Drugged Up Driver Drive Down Wrong Side Of Motorway

Rossi Roach was seeing driving at 50mph the wrong way along the M60 near Manchester two days before Christmas in 2018 after taken a large amount of cocaine.

His white Peugeot 207 HDI was been tailed by a Police helicopter during the pursuit and officers had to stop traffic and use two stinger devices to bring his car to a stop

The former company director failed a roadside breath test and subsequent drug tests showed he had 689 microgrammes of the cocaine metabolite Benzoylecgonine per litre of blood in his system. 

In a statement to police, the 34 year old father of two from Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester said: ‘Around the time, I was going through a hard time, I was depressed and tried to seek help from a walk-in centre.

‘I was given leaflets and they said I was in the wrong place. I had lost my job and house and this caused me to relapse on drugs.

‘Since the incident, I have tried to get my life back on track and I’ve got a new job. I was in such a crisis point and I am due to go to rehab.’

Mr Roach who ran a construction company faces the possibility of up to two years jail at Manchester Crown Court, after he admitted dangerous and drug driving.

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told Roach: ‘This was a serious incident of dangerous driving. You had been out relapsed onto drugs because of personal difficulties. ‘Your reaction was to relapse and police found you driving down the wrong way on the M60 motorway.

The judge added that Roach’s actions could have resulted in a ‘far more tragic incident’, but given his decision to ‘pull himself up by the bootstraps and genuine attempts to come to grips with addiction and undergo treatment’, she was deferring his sentence for six months.

Roach must remain drug and alcohol free and continue to undergo treatment. He will be sentenced on February 21st 2020 and was given an interim driving ban until the next hearing.