M4 drivers had to swerve to avoid a man ‘walking home’
A man walking along the inside lane of the M4 in the early hours of the morning had to be grabbed by police to stop him being hit, a court has heard.
Officers had rushed to the stretch of the motorway north of Swansea following concerned calls from drivers about a pedestrian wandering in the carriageway.
They found Adam John Miller walking westbound on the unlit road and with traffic swerving to avoid him.
Swansea Magistrates Court heard police began receiving calls from drivers just after 2.20am on October 28 last year, with one caller saying he had “almost hit” a man walking on the motorway.
Sharon Anderson, prosecuting, said police found Miller walking between junction 45 and junction 46 – the Ynysforgan to Llangyfelach stretch – at 2.40am. The officer stopped his car and approached the 26-year-old, while also trying to warn other road users to take evasive action.
The court heard the officer tried to get Miller onto the hard-shoulder and then onto the roadside verge but he began shouting at the policeman.
Miller told the officer if he didn’t leave him alone he would jump off a bridge – though there were no bridges nearby – and that he was just walking home.
The officer then tried to get Miller off the road and into his patrol car, but was sworn at by the defendant.
The prosecutor said a number of vehicles had to swerve to avoid the men and the officer, fearful for both their safeties, managed to grab Miller and get him off the carriageway.
More officers then arrived on the scene, and they offered to drive Miller home – but he refused to tell them where he lived, and told them he had stabbed somebody and left them in intensive care.
Eventually Miller was arrested.
The court heard that the following day, after being released from custody, Miller made a series of “menacing, rude and abusive” 999 calls to police.
In his subsequent interview he said he was sorry about the calls.
Miller, of Woodfield Street, Morriston , had previously pleaded guilty to five counts of sending offensive, obscene or menacing messages on a public communication network, and to wilfully obstructing a highway, being a pedestrian on a special road, and being drunk on a highway, when he appeared before justices.
The court heard he had previous convictions for 18 offences.
Magistrates told him he had caused a lot of trouble to the emergency services, and sentenced him to a 12 month community order with a thinking skills programme, and 220 hours of unpaid work.