Road rage motorist armed with 3ft pole is locked up

A MOTORIST who chased a man with a three-foot pole during a “road rage” incident on the Lincoln bypass was jailed for six months.

Craig Burrell, 37, admitted arming himself with the weapon after pulling in front of a Ford Transit van on the A46 between the Bentley Hotel and Doddington Road roundabouts.

Lincoln Crown Court heard there was a history of problems between Burrell and his victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. Both men were from Long Bennington.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told the court the victim was left with a cut hand after Burrell used his fist to smash the window of his van.

When the victim tried to escape by climbing through the back of his van, Burrell returned to his own vehicle and armed himself with a “three foot wooden stick”, Mr Scott said.

Burrell then chased him around his van severtal times. Mr Scott added: “(The victim) jumped into a stranger’s car and asked to be locked in.”

The court heard how he suffered a loss of £600 through damage to his van and time off work.

In mitigation, the court was told Burrell had now moved away from Long Bennington to Lincoln, and there had been no further problems with the other man.

Burrell, now of Fairfax Street, Lincoln, admitted a charge of affray.

Passing sentence, Recorder Adrienne Lucking told Burrell the incident took place in broad daylight and she had no choice but to send him to jail.

Recorder Lucking said: “This was an incident of road rage, an affray in a public place on the A46, which is a busy road just outside Lincoln.

“However for whatever reason this incident started, you pulled in front of this vehicle, you got out of your vehicle and you punched the window.

“You then returned to your own vehicle and got a weapon.”