Jail for dangerous driver who hit cyclist

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A ROAD rage driver attacked a cyclist, reversed into a scooter and crashed into a car with a pregnant woman inside.

Vanslow Lee, 29, from Bridlington Crescent, Monkston, was jailed for 19 months on Friday for driving in what a judge said was a “highly aggressive and dangerous way.”

Prosecutor Claudette Elliott told St Albans Crown Court that Lee was driving his father’s car in Chorleywood when he clipped a push bike.

When cyclist Lawrence Simm asked Lee, who had stopped, if he was all right. Lee replied: “I will give you ‘all right’” and hit him with a closed fist.

Mr Simm told police: “It was not the reaction of a normal person. I was not rude. I did not swear.”

Lee drove off and in Croxley Green he caused scooter rider Ellis Vessey to brake hard. As they approached a set of traffic lights on green, Lee reversed into the scooter. Before driving off he said: “I am going to f...... kill you. I am going to shoot you. I am going to get a gun.”

He sped into Bricket Wood, overtook traffic and crashed into a car being driven by a woman who was 16-weeks pregnant. The victim had her 12-year-old daughter with her.

Police were called and Lee drove on to the A41 Colne Way. He failed to stop at roundabouts and at three sets of red lights.

Lee pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the evening of June 19 last year and two charges of common assault. He was a banned driver and had no insurance.

Sally Fudge, defending, said: “His behaviour that day was absolutely disgraceful. He is truly sorry.”

She said he handed himself into the police, was attending Alcoholics Anonymous and was involved in charitable work.

Judge John Plumstead said: “You had no business to be driving. You are a self indulgent man. I have no idea what was in your head that day. The cyclist had done nothing to provoke you.

You used a vehicle as a weapon to reverse into a scooter driver. The pregnant woman was left shaken and scared and her daughter was terrified.”

He also banned Lee from driving for three years and ordered him to sit an extended driving test before he gets his licence back.