Road rage mechanic who terrified family on A14 near Claydon is jailed
PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:42 03 June 2015
A mechanic has been jailed after frightening a family including three children in a road rage incident on the A14.
Calum Jacobs, 24, was sentenced to 32 weeks’ imprisonment at Ipswich Crown Court today.
Jacobs, of Quebec Drive, Kesgrave, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on what was to have been the first day of his trial earlier this month.
Describing the manner of Jacobs’ driving Judge John Devaux said: “This was not merely dangerous but aggressive and deliberately so ...(in the) presence of children in the other vehicle who were clearly terrified by what was going on.”
The incident occurred at 5.30pm on June 7 last year. Jacobs had previously received a community order for criminal damage.
Prosecutor Hugh Vass said a driver of a blue Peugeot was travelling along the Claydon-bound carriageway of the A14 with his partner and three children in the vehicle.
Jacobs was in a Renault Laguna which approached the Peugeot in the outside lane from behind.
Although the Peugeot was in the fast lane to let traffic from a slip road on to the carriageway, Jacob’s vehicle tailgated it to the extent where the driver could not see the front of the Renault in his rear view mirror.
The court heard the Peugeot pulled into the inside lane and when Jacobs’ vehicle went to pass the car he made abusive hand gestures.
He then cut in front of the Peugeot and came off the carriageway at the Claydon slip road.
However, Mr Vass said the children in the car then screamed out “he’s coming back” as Jacob’s Renault came back on to the A14.
Jacobs drove close to the rear of the Peugeot which moved over to allow him to pass.
He then made more abusive gestures.
Fearing Jacobs might ram his car the Peugeot’s driver applied his brakes as Jacobs’ Renault swerved sharply into the nearside lane, narrowly missing the family’s car.
Mr Vass said the manoeuvre was witnessed by an off-duty police officer who took the view Jacobs’ driving could have caused serious injury or death.
The court was told in November 2013 Ipswich magistrates gave Jacobs a community order for criminal damage.
On that occasion he had verbally abused another driver and kicked the front bumper of their Vauxhall causing damage valued at £200.
Nicola May, mitigating, said her client accepted his behaviour “must have been most frightening and intimidating”.