Traffic jam road rage leads to jail for driver

Picture: Victoria Wilcox''Latest Derby Crown Court file picture - gv
Picture: Victoria Wilcox''Latest Derby Crown Court file picture - gv

A road rage motorist has been jailed for 18 months after he knocked down a man following a prang in a traffic jam on Chesterfield bypass.

Derby Crown Court heard how Paul Williams, 24, of Durham Avenue, Grassmoor, edged his Ford Fiesta into victim Antony Hawley as he got out of his car to exchange details.

Williams then slipped through two lines of traffic and escaped on the M1 motorway, said Christopher Gabbitas, prosecuting.

The defendant admitted dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm after the incident in November. He was banned from the roads for three years.

Judge John Wait told him: “Had you killed Mr Hawley you would have gone to prison for many years.”

He added: “What you did caused very serious injuries indeed and Mr Hawley has suffered permanently as a result.”

The court was told Williams asked police about Mr Hawley, who spent time in hospital and claims to have suffered a damaged sense of smell.

Chris Brewin, defending, said Williams has shown remorse and is ashamed.

Mr Brewin explained Williams had previously been assaulted and this may have influenced his behaviour.

Outside court, Mr Hawley said he remembered putting his hands on the bonnet and then waking up in an ambulance.