Road rage driver punched roadworker who told him not to ignore red light

Article Posted on: October 12, 2017

Leon John punched a second worker in the face and tried to reverse over a third

A driver who lost his temper after being asked not to ignore a red light at roadworks hit a worker with a metal crutch.

Leon John punched a second worker in the face and tried to reverse over a third during the incident just days after he punched another man in a parking dispute.

Sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Thomas Crowther QC described his behaviour as “disgraceful”.

The court heard the first incident occurred on April 11 last year at Snowden Court in Caerphilly.

Kathryn Lane, prosecuting, said the defendant was reversing when he hit the side of a van, which belonged to a carpenter working for Caerphilly Council .

John shouted: “You stupid c***, why are you parked there?”

Prosecutors said the victim was “ frightened” and locked his doors as the defendant gestured for him to go down a nearby lane.

There was no damage to the van, but John started to take photographs and became “aggressive” when the other driver did the same.

He shouted: “Take your f***ing pictures you f***ing idiot.”

Ms Lane said the defendant punched the victim to his left eye while shouting: “Come on then.”

The victim tried to drive away, but John blocked his path. He called the police and later picked him out at an identity procedure.

In his police interview, John said there must have been a mistake and denied any confrontation.

Prosecutors said the second incident occurred in Caerphilly on April 14, 2016 when workers from Wales and West Utilities were removing a gas main line.

Ms Lane told the court traffic had to be stopped briefly while a truck reversed, but the defendant was about to drive through the red light in his Ford Focus.

One of the workers signalled for him to stop, but he and his passenger became abusive, making punching gestures.

The court heard he punched one of the workers in the face, before returning to his car to get a metal crutch, which he used to hit another worker on the arm.

Prosecutors said John and his passenger shouted “we’ll be back”, before returning with a third man.

The defendant stated he had lost his tablets and the workers helped him to look for them.

Ms Lane said the defendant then reversed towards one of the men at speed and he had to jump out of the way.

In a subsequent police interview, he stated the workers were aggressive towards him.

The court heard he then failed to surrender and was spotted by a police officer driving a black Audi A3 on August 19.

He told the officer his name was Christopher Jones and gave a false date of birth.

Prosecutors said he had been before the courts for 48 previous offences.

John, 27, from Mountain View in Pwllypant, Caerphilly, admitted possessing an offensive weapon, resisting a police officer, two counts of assault and two counts of failing to surrender.

He also admitted dangerous driving, three counts of driving while disqualified and three of driving without insurance.

Harry Baker, defending, argued his client had shown some remorse through his guilty pleas.

Judge Crowther said: “This was disgraceful behaviour.”

John was jailed for eight months and disqualified from driving for 20 months.

Source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/road-rage-driver-punched-drove-13742775

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