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The shocking moment a reckless driver reached out to grab a beer from a stag do bus whilst racing down the motorway at 70mph was captured on camera.

Paul Holmes was caught racing past another vehicle before pulling in and swerving over the white lines to get close enough to the stag do bus to reach the alcohol.

The beer was being held out by a group of men on a stag do and the reckless 24-year-old took it whilst doing 70mph on the M6, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Holmes, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, is now banned from getting behind the wheel for 15 months after admitting dangerous driving.

In court he was told that his stunt could have “cost lives”.

In the dashcam footage, released by Staffordshire Police, Holmes can be seen racing past another vehicle before he pulls back into the middle line.

When alongside the minibus, which was driving in the right lane of the motorway, the civil engineer then partly swerves over the white lines into the outside lane so he can get close enough to the bus to reach the can.

If Holmes ever wants to drive following his disqualification he will have to pass an extended test.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard that the motorway had been very busy at the time and his 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. 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.”