July 30 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A 40-year-old Ipswich cyclist involved in a road rage incident which left a lorry driver unconscious will not face court.
The unnamed man was arrested around a week after Michael Garrett was attacked from behind and hit with his own HGV’s door in Copdock last month.
The suspect was questioned by police and released on bail, pending further enquiries.
However, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said when the man returned he was offered, and accepted, a caution for common assault.
She said: “After discussion with the victim he confirmed with police that he was happy for the 40-year-old man to be dealt with by way of a caution.”
The incident took place between 10.15am and 10.45am on February 4 in Elm Lane.
Mr Garrett sustained a head injury and lost consciousness during the confrontation.
The 48-year-old, from south Wales, had just delivered goods to Rose Hygiene Products Ltd in Copdock.
Speaking after the assault Mr Garrett said he came back up narrow Elm Lane.
A car approached him from the opposite direction and Mr Garrett stopped and beckoned the car to continue past him.
He looked in the mirror and noticed a cyclist coming up behind and about to overtake his lorry.
“I shoved my arm out of the window and shouted to him, ‘Stop! Stop!’” Mr Garrett said.
“He comes up on the bike and says ‘I can’t hear you, I’ve got my headphones in’. Then he started effing and blinding and saying ‘you shouldn’t be in this lane’. I got out and said to him, ‘If you take them stupid bloody earphones out of your ears you’d be able to hear what’s going on’ – and he confronts me with his chest out.
“So I turned around and walked away from him and the next thing I know I wake up on the floor and the chap from the car was asking if I was OK.”
As Mr Garrett had been returning to the cab the cyclist had come up behind him and smashed his head with the lorry door before riding off.
He was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he was treated for concussion.