A LORRY driver, who had been drinking, has been arrested close to the M6 after driving the wrong way down the road.

Members of the public alerted police officers to the vehicle swerving in the northbound carriageway of the M6 close to junction 23 (Haydock Island) in the early hours of Tuesday, November 23.

Officers from the North West Motorway Police stopped the HGV just off junction 23 when it tried to drive the wrong way at Haydock Island.

They confirmed that the driver was later arrested for drink driving after giving a positive roadside breath test.

Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Unit later tweeted a photograph of the incident and wrote: "Thank you to the member of public who reported this HGV which had been swerving across all lanes on the M6, thankfully we were nearby and stopped it before it went the wrong way around Haydock Island. The driver was 3x the drink limit and will be charged & remanded."

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the drink driving alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (the blood limit), 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath (the breath limit) or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine (the urine limit).