All of us who drive have probably at one point or another just gotten totally lost, but most won’t be driving around for three days like a 72-year-old grandfather from Wiltshire.
Mohammed Bellazrak had set off on the 23rd December to take his wife to Gatwick Airport from his home in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, but when he’d not returned later that night relatives become concerned and called the police reporting him missing.
Mr Bellazrak was eventually flagged down in Oxford on the 25th December after his car registration number was spotted by various police computers. After a rest at Oxford police station, relatives came to collect him.
So where had he been all this time? According to automatic numberplate recognition cameras, he had driven all over various towns in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire and several times on the M4, before ending up in Oxford. Exactly how long he would have been driving for is unknown, but Oxford police said that Mr Bellazrak was tired but unharmed.
He apparently did have a Sat Nav unit with him, but that had failed (presumably the battery was flat) and he didn’t have a mobile phone.