A motorist has been arrested over driving on the wrong side of the M3 Motorway.

Gardaí in Co. Meath were alerted to the dangerous driving at around 1:30am on Sunday morning.

They stopped the car after it came hurtling towards them in the overtaking lane, and arrested the male driver in his 30s.

He was taken to Navan Garda Station, where he’s since been charged and will be before the courts in due course.

Now while this drivers error was bad he didn’t go as far out of his way as Douglas. ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan an American pilot, as this Wikipedia page shows he was meant to fly from California to New York and instead ended up here in Ireland!

Douglas Corrigan
Douglas Groce Corrigan (afdotmil).jpg

Corrigan in 1938,
beside his jerry-built aircraft
Clyde Groce Corrigan

January 22, 1907

Died December 9, 1995 (aged 88)

Resting place Fairhaven Memorial Park
Santa Ana, California
Occupation(s) Aviator, mechanic, orange grower
Spouse Elizabeth Marvin Corrigan
Children 3 sons

Douglas Corrigan (January 22, 1907 – December 9, 1995) was an American aviator, nicknamed “Wrong Way” in 1938. After a transcontinental flight in July from Long Beach, California, to New York City, he then flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to Ireland, though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach.[1][2]

Corrigan claimed his unauthorized transatlantic flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass. However, he was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he helped construct Charles Lindbergh‘s Spirit of St. Louis) and had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for his transatlantic flight. He had been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland, and his “navigational error” was seen as deliberate. Nevertheless, he never publicly admitted to having flown to Ireland intentionally.