Road-rage BMW driver chased van for six minutes

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A ROAD rage motorist chased a van driver in his BMW after he cut in front of him.

Ellis Dobbing was driving along Durham Road towards East Herrington when a Vauxhall van indicated to get in front after realising he was in a bus lane.

But Dobbing refused to let him in and was left “very angry” when the van driver continued to push in front of him.

Dobbing, 21, followed the van driver for six minutes during the incident on January 28 and performed a U-turn on a single carriageway when he realised he had taken a different turn at a roundabout.

Neil Jones, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “The BMW was swaying from right to left.

“The van driver’s partner called police but kept getting cut off when ringing the emergency number.

“They thought the BMW had gone, but he looked in his mirror and found the car was behind them. The driver felt he had no choice but to stop.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard how police arrived and Dobbing, of Ashdale Court, Roker, Sunderland, was arrested.

In a victim statement, the driver said he believed he would have been assaulted had police not been there.

Dobbing pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Shaun Routledge, defending, said: “He was trying to get the man in the van to stop, admitting he was in the wrong. He has been banned from driving since he pleaded guilty to the offence.

“He is keen to be able to support his family in the future which has been difficult in the past few months because of this disqualification.”

Recorder Tim Hirst told Dobbing: “This was a terrifying experience for the occupants of the van being pursued for a period of six minutes by you in apparently a very angry state.

“Fortunately, there was no violence.”

Dobbing was handed a community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work.

He was disqualified from driving for one year and told he would have to re-sit his driving test before he is able to drive again.

Dobbing was also ordered to pay £300 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £80.