A FLEET of police cars were scrambled after a pensioner was spotted driving the wrong way down the A38.
The motorist is believed to have been driving west along the eastbound carriageway for 10 minutes on the main road. A rolling roadblock was put in place after the elderly man joined the dual carriageway in the South Brent area.
Police took a number of calls from motorists who had seen a black Vauxhall Astra driving towards Plymouth on the Exeter-bound side of the A38 just after 9.30pm on Monday.
The police vehicles were dispatched to the scene after the driver was spotted in the area, where there are currently roadworks closing several lanes.
Officers eventually found the driver stopped in his vehicle on the hard shoulder.
The traffic was stopped for a short time to allow police to turn the car around. Officers say the man was elderly and vulnerable, and was trying to get to Looe.
A police officer took the man to his destination in the pensioner's own car.
A police spokesman said: "There's no suggestion this chap had been drinking or anything like that, he seemed a little confused.
"A number of resources were sent to the incident straight away – around three or four cars.
"He was taken home and the incident will be followed up."
Plymouth-based police sergeant Ryan Canning described the incident as "a dangerous situation brought to a swift and safe conclusion".
The Highways Agency said they had not been made aware of the incident and had not received any complaints from members of the public about inadequate signage for the roadworks.
A spokesperson said: "At South Brent there are narrow lanes in the eastbound carriageway 24 hours a day from October 9 until November 15.
"We haven't had any reports of the incident or had any complaints about the signs, or any problems which have emerged."
Police are following up the incident by making contact with the man's GP and the DVLA.
A DVLA spokesperson said: "All drivers must ensure that they are medically fit to drive and to notify DVLA of the onset or worsening of a medical condition affecting this.
"We have special arrangements with medics and police for them to notify us quickly about diagnosed or suspected health problems and we investigate these urgently.
"The rules are clear that all drivers over 70 have to renew their licence every three years and have to tell the DVLA about any conditions which might affect their driving.
"If we find evidence a driver does not meet the appropriate medical standard we immediately suspend their licence."