‘Road rage’ led to assault

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A 42-YEAR-OLD man assaulted another driver during a “road rage” incident after their two cars collided in Waddington.

Blackburn magistrates heard that Andrew John Strange kicked out at the other driver before punching him three or four times. Strange was told by the magistrates it had been a serious assault aggravated by the road rage circumstances.

“Make no mistake, if you appear before the court for anything like this in the future your feet won’t touch,” the presiding magistrate warned him.

Strange, of Talbot Bridge, Bashall Eaves, was convicted after a trial of assaulting Stefan Langman. He was ordered to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work; was made subject to community supervision with an element of anger management; and ordered to pay £200 in compensation and £775 towards prosecution costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Mr Langman had overtaken Strange as they headed towards Waddington from Clitheroe. Strange’s vehicle appeared to be drifting towards the centre of the road and Mr Langman sounded his horn to alert the other driver before overtaking.

“Strange started sounding his horn and flashing his lights,” said Miss Allan. “As he was travelling through the village Mr Langman had cause to apply his brakes and Strange ran into the back of him because he was travelling too closely behind.”

“The assault that followed left Mr Langman with a black eye, a cut on his cheekbone and a graze on his arm where he had fallen over.”

Mr Basharat Ditta (defending) said his client denied that he acted in a violent manner but accepted he reacted to the incident.

“He is not a person who would normally react in this way,” said Mr Ditta.