A DRIVER was left with a broken jaw in a road rage incident sparked when he took issue with the thug’s erratic driving.
The 46-year-old man, from Durham, had been heading home on the A1(M) southbound from Northumberland when he pulled up to the traffic lights at the roundabout on Blind Line in Chester-le-Street, where the A183 meets junction 63 of the motorway.
A Ford Escort he had earlier flashed his lights at as they headed towards County Durham pulled up alongside him and the driver, a man in his 30s, pulled open the door to the victim’s Seat shouted at him and punched him in the face.
Police believe the Escort driver followed the other car down the sliproad in order to carry out his assault, with the attacker getting back in to his car and driving off as the lights changed.
The victim went to the University Hospital of North Durham where it was confirmed he had suffered a broken jaw.
He was then referred to Sunderland Royal Hospital for surgery.
The attacker was driving an E registration Escort which had the word “Turbo” on the rear.
The incident happened at about 5.15pm on Tuesday, January 3, but details have only just been released.
Witnesses are asked to contact Pc Lynda Richardson at Durham Constabulary on 101.