VIDEO: Shocking moment road rage driver collided with woman at Exeter petrol station
THIS is the moment road rage motorist Andrew Errington drove into a woman after a bizarre row at an Exeter petrol station.
The 35-year-old admitted dangerous driving after ramming a woman’s car then driving into her when she tried to get his insurance details.
Exeter Crown Court heard the incident occurred on the forecourt at Alphington’s Sainsbury’s filling station and it was captured on CCTV.
Bathsheba Cassel, prosecuting, said: “It was a busy day and supermarket staff were directing cars to the pumps.
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“Errington filled up and went to pay and another driver, the victim, was guided to park at a pump in front of him and she had to reverse back to get into position, leaving a gap of two to three metres.”
CCTV showed that Errington had plenty of room to manoeuvre around the victim’s car but chose not to do so.
“He began to rev his engine, and was gesturing and scowling,” said Miss Cassel, “Then he drove forwards and collided with her vehicle. It was an intentional act and she was jolted fcollideorward.
“She approached Errington who swore at her. Worried that he was going to leave without giving his details, she stood in front of his car and he drove straight at her, pushing her back several feet before she was able to move to the side. He drove off and she was left with injuries to her thighs.
“She was shocked and shaken.”
When interviewed by police, Errington initially said he recalled the incident but there had not been a collision and that the victim had been “abusive and threatening to him”, the court was told. But after he was shown CCTV of the incident, he refused to answer any questions.
Anne Bellchambers, defending, said the offence was out of character and happened at a time when he was under a lot of family pressure.
She said: “He is going through divorce proceedings and on the day of the incident a final attempt at reconciliation had failed. He was not in a good frame of mind and the pictures tell a thousand words.”
She said he is the main carer for his 77-year-old mother who is in poor health and his brother who is deaf and blind, while his older sister recently passed away.
Miss Bellchambers also told the court that the loss of his driving licence would also hit Errington hard as he is trying to get back into work as a water hygienist which requires him to travel long distances.
Judge Erik Salomonsen told him: “I have seen the CCTV footage of this incident which shows a common sight when the price of petrol is competitive, of many people turning up and having to take their turn.
“You could have extricated your vehicle quite satisfactorily but for you own reasons you became annoyed.
“You simply drove into the back of her vehicle and when she understandably took issue with that, you swore at her. When she tried to prevent you leaving you drove at her.
“The only mitigation is that you drove very slowly and it clear from the CCTV as you drove forward she backed away so no serious injuries were caused.
“You drove away knowing exactly what you had done and not caring for or paying for the consequences of your actions. In doing so you put yourself at risk of a prison sentence.
“I have no doubt what I have seen on the CCTV required a prison sentence but I am able to suspend it because the pre-sentence report writer says you presented as a reasonable man struggling to cope with difficulties in his life.
“This could have had far more serious consequences.”
Errington, formerly of Newton Abbot but now living in Doncaster was jailed for four months, suspended for a year, disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid community work, and told to pay £500 in costs and compensation.
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