AN ARMED man held a terrified female motorist at knifepoint yesterday and made her drive for 40 miles during rush hour.
Police in Cheshire and Lancashire are investigating the kidnapping which took place at about 8am yesterday, as the 32-year-old woman made her way to work.
She was driving along Twenty Acres Road, in Old Hall, Warrington, when a man jumped into the passenger side of her car at the junction with Cromwell Avenue.
He threatened her with the knife and made her drive to Lancashire in her black Seat Ibiza before jumping out and running off.
He ordered her to drive along Cromwell Avenue, then along the A49 before joining the M62 at Junction 9.
He then told her to join the M6 at Junction 21A northbound. Travelling north, he then instructed her to join the M65, leaving at Junction 4 at the Blackburn with Darwen service station.
Shortly before coming to the service station, he told her to stop and then ran off.
Insp Steve Bailey, of Cheshire Police, said the woman was shocked and shaken but unharmed.
The attacker, an Asian man in his late twenties to early thirties, had a Lancashire accent.
He was of a medium build and was about 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins. The man was clean shaven except for sideburns which were angled at the bottom.
His victim noticed that his right eyebrow had two or three razor shaves through it.
Anyone who has any information should contact Cheshire Police on 0845 4580000 or Lancashire Police on 01254 51212. Information can be left in confidence on the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.