Wednesday, October 21, 1998 Published at 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Driver charged over M1 'heroism'
Police helicopter captures the lorry heading towards London
A driver praised as a hero when he rang police on his mobile phone to say his 38-ton lorry was out of control has been charged with dangerous driving.
Michael Rayner, 26, now unemployed, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, will appear before Hendon Magistrate's Court on 17 November.
The articulated lorry careered towards London for more than 20 miles at speeds of up to 80mph.
Mr Rayner gave police a running commentary and the busy motorway had to be cleared by patrol cars and a helicopter.
The Scania P124 lorry finally came to a halt by hitting a crash barrier and fence near Hendon in north-west London.