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    Road rage driver who caused pile-up avoids jail


    Road rage driver who caused pile-up avoids jail

    An enraged driver who caused a three-car pile-up on a major A-road during rush hour has narrowly avoided jail.

    Lee Allwright, 29, caused the collision when he slammed on his brakes in the middle lane of a 70mph road in November 2015.

    Mr Allwright pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 12 and has been given a 24-month ban with extended retest, 200 hours community service and around £835 in fines and costs, according to Sussex Police.

    Police have condemned Mr Allwright’s driving and say he narrowly avoided a jail term.

    ‘Aggressive overtaking’

    Mr Allwright was captured on the CCTV of a bus that was involved in the crash at around 7:30 on November 27, 2015.

    The footage shows him overtaking a BMW X3 as they joined the A27 near Shoreham, West Sussex.

    The driver of the BMW reportedly flashed Mr Allwright in response to the manoeuvre. Mr Allwright then aggressively slammed on the brakes in his Peugeot 308, causing the BMW to stop behind him.

    CCTV then captured the Compass bus driving at speed towards the BMW as it was forced to stop. The bus then hits the BMW which shunted Mr Allwright’s car in front.

    A near-miss

    Fortunately, the bus was not carrying any passengers at the time, although traffic officers say someone could have been killed by the dangerous driving.

    PC Jon Bennion-Jones, of the Arundel road policing unit, said: “This could have been much more serious and could have resulted in someone being injured or killed.

    “Allwright’s actions show his total disregard for anyone else and how a moment of madness has cost him his licence.”

    Source: The Shoreham Herald

    Date Published: February 8, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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