Man's bizarre reason for 'driving 13km on the wrong side of busy motorway'


A ute driver allegedly drove 13 kilometres on the wrong side of a busy Sydney motorway into oncoming traffic.

In the thick of Sydney’s Saturday morning traffic on a 100km/h section of the M5, Frank Mollica risked his life and that of other drivers to try and save a few dollars.

Entering at Hammondville in Sydney’s south-west, Mollica allegedly drove in the wrong direction for 13 kilometres.

A ute driver allegedly drove 13 kilometres on the wrong side of a busy Sydney motorway into oncoming traffic before he crashed. Source: 7 News

Once he had enough the driver tried to cross back over the median strip at Padstow, but ended up crashing into the centre barrier, leaving two wheels up in the air.

“I got on about four tollways down – I was trying to avoid the toll – and come over this little bit in the middle and it didn’t work,” Mollica told 7 News.

Asked if he thought the stunt was dangerous, the driver responded: “Yeah, I’m surprised I survived it.”

The ute driver allegedly tried to cross back over the median strip at Padstow, but ended up crashing into the centre barrier, leaving two wheels in the air. Source: 7 News

Police are also surprised by the stunt.

“This is probably one of the most grave, dangerous driving events that we’ve seen in a very long time,” Traffic and Highway Patrol Inspector Phil Brooks told reporters.

Mollica also admitted to having taken illicit drugs, telling 7 News he had taken speed at a party a couple of days before the crash.

He now faces several charges, including dangerous driving, in addition to fines.

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Mollica risked his life and that of other drivers by allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road on a 100km/h section of the M5. Source: 7News