‘I don’t know how I got up here, I was trying to jump it’: Driver mounts concrete barrier on busy Sydney road after driving head-on into oncoming traffic going 100km/h because he was trying to avoid paying a toll
- Frank Mollica mounted a concrete barrier along the M5 highway to avoid a toll
- He also admitted to taking illicit drugs before getting behind the wheel of ute
- Man, 47, admitted he’d already gone through four tolls and tried to avoid another
A man has admitted to taking speed, merging onto the opposite side of a highway and mounting a concrete barrier in a bid to avoid paying a toll.
Frank Mollica, 47, drove his ute up the exit-ramp on the M5 highway near Hammondville in Sydney’s south-west during peak hour traffic on Saturday morning.
After driving around 10kms into oncoming traffic, the brick-layer then scaled the concrete barrier trying to avoid another toll.
The silver Volkswagon ute suddenly tilted sideways before two of the wheels lifted into the air, leaving Mr Mollica airborne and stuck.
In an attempt to avoid tolls, a Sydney man mounted his silver Volkswagon ute onto a concrete barrier on the M5 highaway and drove onto oncoming traffic on Saturday morning
Frank Mollica, 47, (pictured) said he drove his ute up the exit-ramp on the highway near Hammondville in Sydney’s south-west during peak hour traffic and mounted his vehicle along the barrier
Despite the severity of the crash however, Mr Mollica, who lives in Georges Hall, appeared nonchalant.
‘I got on about four tollways ago and I was trying to avoid the toll,’ he casually told 7 News.
He then said he had tried to mount the ‘little bit in the middle’ but it hadn’t worked.
‘I don’t know how I got up here, I was trying to jump it really,’ he said.
Mr Mollica said he had tried to mount ‘the little bit in the middle’ to avoid the oncoming toll but it hadn’t worked
Traffic piled up around the incident, which Mr Mollica seemed unphased with creating
‘I’m surprised I survived it,’ he told Nine News.
Inspector Phil Brooks from Highway Traffic and Control said it was one of the most ‘grave and dangerous events’ that they had seen in a very long time.
Mr Mollica also admitted to both police and reporters that he had taken illicit drugs before he got behind the wheel.
‘[I’ve taken] a bit of speed in the last two days at a party,’.
Mr Mollica was arrested and taken to Bankstown Hospital where he underwent several blood and urine tests.
He is expected to face several traffic offences including dangerous driving.
He also admitted to taking speed two days before jumping behind the wheel and was arrested by police at the scene – he is expected to face several traffic offences