Moment joyrider, 18, races the WRONG WAY through the Blackwall Tunnel

Moment teenage joyrider, 18, races the WRONG WAY through the Blackwall Tunnel in stolen Range Rover forcing terrified drivers to veer out of the way before head-on crash – as he’s jailed for four years

  • Johal Rathour is seen in CCTV footage driving into incoming traffic last summer
  • Joyrider eventually crashed into a Mercedes van before fleeing the scene on foot
  • He caused £80,000 in vehicle damage and cost TfL £585,000 in lost revenue

This the moment a teenage joyrider raced a stolen Range Rover the wrong way through the Blackwell Tunnel before causing a head-on collision – as he is sentenced to four years in jail.

Johal Rathour, 18, of Grays, Essex, can be seen in CCTV footage driving into oncoming traffic as terrified motorists veer out of his way to avoid being hit. 

But the teen eventually crashed head on with a Mercedes van, before fleeing the scene on foot.  

He was identified by officers from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command after he caused the crash just after 4am on August 6 last year. 

Johal Rathour (pictured), 18, of Grays, Essex, can be seen in CCTV footage driving into oncoming traffic as terrified motorists veer out of his way to avoid being hit. He has been sentenced to four years in jail. 

CCTV footage shows Johal Rathour driving a stolen Range Rover the wrong way through the Blackwall Tunnel last August 

There were no serious injuries but Rathour caused £80,000 of damage to the van and the stolen Range Rover he was driving. (Pictured: Scene of collision)

There were no serious injuries but Rathour caused £80,000 of damage to the van and the stolen Range Rover he was driving.

He also cost Transport for London £585,000 in lost revenue, due to Blackwall Tunnel having to be shut for more than two hours during rush hour traffic.

Rathour ran away from the scene of the crash but was arrested a short time later after officers forensically identified him and tracked his mobile phone.

After he was charged with the offences, Rathour failed to attend court. 

He was subsequently tracked down and arrested by RTPC officers in January this year. 

Police Constable Adam Lamb, the investigating officer in the case, said: ‘Rathour was guilty of an incredibly dangerous piece of driving and it was a miracle that nobody was seriously injured.

‘Watching the video of him driving the wrong way through the tunnel is very distressing as it seems inevitable that a fatal collision would happen.

‘As well as the damage to the stolen vehicle and the van he collided with, Rathour also disrupted and delayed the journeys of thousands of people using Blackwell Tunnel on the day of the crash.

‘I am glad that he has faced justice for his actions and will not be able to drive on the roads of London for many years.’

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