Driver allegedly tried to run a car with parents and baby inside off the A14, court is told

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 May 2017

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

A motorist “smirked and laughed” as he allegedly tried to run a car containing a Stowmarket couple and their young child off the A14, a court has heard.

Paul Cunningham told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he and his partner had visited ASDA in Ipswich with their 17-month-old son and were driving home along the A14 at 3.45 pm when he saw a Fiat Punto behind him flashing its lights and swerving from side to side.

Mr Cunningham said he was in the right hand lane of the dual carriageway with a truck in front of him and a lorry on his left and was travelling at about 60 mph.

He claimed the Fiat Punto was undertaking and overtaking and at one stage it was travelling “extremely close” alongside Mr Cunningham’s Ford Focus.

“He was side by side with me with my passenger side and his driver’s side a few feet apart,” said Mr Cunningham.

He said the Fiat Punto had then swerved towards him between three and six times.

Mr Cunningham said his partner got “extremely panicked” and said “he’s trying to ram us” and Mr Cunningham later told police the Fiat Punto driver had tried to “push him off the road”.

He said that when his partner looked across at the other driver he “smirked and laughed” and stuck two fingers up at them.

Mr Cunningham told the court he had taken his foot off the accelerator to let his car drift back and the Fiat Punto had then driven in front of him.

He said that before taking a slip road off the A14 the Fiat Punto had driven into gravel in the centre off the road causing stones to fly up into his windscreen.

Before the court is Shane Wilson, 19, of Columbyne Close, Stowupland, who has denied dangerous driving in January last year.

Raj Joshi, prosecuting, said that Mr Cunningham managed to get the registration number of the Fiat Punto and made a 999 call to the police.

When police spoke to Wilson he said he knew nothing about the alleged incident.

The trial continues.

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