Driver banned after being caught taking beer from stag do minibus while on M6

Dashcam footage captured the bizarre moment a driver stuck his hand out towards a stag do minibus to grab a can of beer.

In the footage, Paul Holmes can be seen overtaking another vehicle before pulling back into the middle lane alongside the minibus which was driving in the right lane of the motorway, between junctions 16 and 17 of the M6.

The 24-year-old then swerved over the white lines, partly into the outside lane, to get close enough to the bus to take the can, while travelling at 70mph,

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A court determined the dangerous move could have had 'catastrophic' consequences and the civil engineer has been disqualified from driving for 15 months following the shocking incident, StokeonTrentLive reports.

Holmes, of Darkwood Crescent, Clitheroe, Lancashire, admitted dangerous driving and will have to pass an extended test if he wants to hit the road again.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that the motorway was busy at the time, and that the stunt could have had "catastrophic" consequences.

Holmes's solicitor said he had been caught up in a "very exciting day".

Debbie Leadbeater, defending Holmes, said: "He had been to see his children in Birmingham. He picked a friend up and they were going to go out in the evening.

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"They were passing this group of people who started to gesticulate and wave to them. There was banter with them, they were in high spirits. Momentarily he got caught up in the fervour of the stag party and bizarrely he agreed to take this can and give it to his friend.

"Throughout this time he had full control of the vehicle and did not look away from the road. He just put his hand out. It was momentary stupidity."

Mark Olszewski, chairperson of the bench, told Holmes: "What we saw on the footage has given us a great deal of concern. The potential outcome of that behaviour could have been catastrophic. It could have cost lives."

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