A bitter ex-boyfriend repeatedly rammed a terrified mum’s car with his van while she and her disabled toddler were inside.
The frightened woman had initially drove off when she realised former partner, Ian Finlay, was near her home in his transit van, when she got back from a shopping trip with her boy.
My biggest fear is my children might be left without a mother. I don’t know what he is capable of.Terrified mum
But Newcastle Crown Court heard the jealous 52-year-old caught up with her car and repeatedly rammed into it.
A judge said it was “almost miraculous” that nobody was seriously hurt and jailed dad-of-three Finlay for three years.
The woman, who was “in shock” when the attack eventually stopped, suffered whiplash and soreness.
Prosecutor Gavin Doig added: “Nothing, of course, compared to the fear she would have felt for herself and her child.”
She told police: “My biggest fear is my children might be left without a mother. I don’t know what he is capable of.”
The ram attack happened last November, just three months after Finlay had been given a deferred sentence by the court for a harassment campaign, in which he pestered the woman with up to 40 phone calls a day, tampered with her car tyres and threatened to burn her house down after she refused to get back with him.
Judge John Evans deferred sentence after a courtroom plea from the woman for her ex to be allowed his freedom so he could be a good father.
Finlay must now stay away from her under the terms of a restraining order that lasts a lifetime.
Finlay, of Promotion Close, Sunderland, who has 130 previous convictions including violent offences on former partners, admitted dangerous driving and assault.
Judge Evans told him: “You are very fortunate indeed more serious injury did not result from what you did.
“The worst of it, in many ways, I expect from her point of view, is the knowledge she has a very little boy in the car.”
Joe Hedworth, defending, said: “He is extremely sorry for the appalling way he has treated her.
“He understands this relationship is at an end.”