Razvan Rusu, a 30-year-old lorry driver, injured two and caused a pile-up when he crashed into slow-moving traffic on the M1, in Edgware, north London. He was jailed for eight months at Harrow Crown Court after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.
The footage, caught on two dashboard cameras, shows the HGV driver staring at his phone as he hurtles towards traffic at around 8.20am on March 17 last year. Two drivers were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries after Rusu drove for more than a mile while using his phone.
Rusu, a Romanian national living in the UK, had returned to his home country but was arrested on his arrival back in the UK, the force added. “Rarely is it possible to see such a clear example of the risks some drivers are willing to take with mobile phones and the danger that using them whilst driving can cause,” told Detective Sergeant Stephen Pidgeon, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.