Dash-cam footage captures motorist driving across field to escape road rage driver on A140
PUBLISHED: 10:11 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:18 21 December 2017
A motorist was forced off the A140 and across fields to try and escape a road rage driver who repeatedly pursued him.
The chase, between Yaxley and Earl Stonham in Suffolk, was captured on the victim’s dash-cam.
Declan McGee, 48, of Chestnut Place, Cringleford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was handed an 18 week suspended prison sentence and banned from the road for 18 months.
McGee, driving a black BMW, was spotted overtaking several vehicles before he pulled in front of the victim’s car, a Suzuki Vitara.
He braked hard, causing both drivers to come to a stop.
McGee then got out of his vehicle to approach the victim, who then drove off down a slip road and across a field to avoid a confrontation.
When the victim later returned to the road they encountered the same BMW which overtook and pulled up in front of him, causing him to slam on the brakes and skid.
The Suzuki mounted the grass verge in a bid to get away but McGee drove across the victim’s path, causing a crash.
Nobody was injured as a result of the incident.
Sergeant Kieron Pederick said: “ McGee showed a total disregard for the safety of other road users by driving in this way and it is very fortunate that nobody was hurt as a result of his actions.”
At Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Monday, McGee also pleaded guilty to driving without valid insurance.
Along with the suspended sentence and driving ban, McGee was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, told to pay £115 victim’s surcharge and £85 in court costs.
After the case Norfolk Constabulary reminded people not to confront angry drivers who may be tailgating and to get to a public place.
“If you find you are being followed by an impatient driver, do not allow yourself to be intimidated or made to increase your speed,” a spokesperson said. “Without actually pulling over or stopping find a safe opportunity to allow that driver to pass.
“If you find that you are being persistently followed by an aggressive driver, make your way to a public place, police station or busy street and if necessary call the police. Do not allow an aggressive driver to follow you home.
“And under no circumstances should you endanger your safety or well-being by getting out of the car to deal with an angry or aggressive driver.”