Posted: Wed 3rd Jul 2024

Shocking footage shows van driver ramming car on A55 in road rage incident

North Wales news and information

Shocking footage has been released of the moment a van driver rammed a car on the A55 during a road rage incident.

Paul Woodward, of Melyd Avenue, Prestatyn, recently appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court following the incident on the eastbound carriageway of Rhuallt Hill on 15th September 2023.

The 55-year-old rammed into another driver who tried to overtake him on the A55 but claimed the other person was at fault.

Officers were called to the collision which happened shortly after 4.30pm, but CCTV footage was shown to the court which showed Woodward was responsible.

He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and taken into custody in St Asaph.

Woodward, who was driving a white Citroen Berlingo van, clipped the rear of a silver-coloured VW Golf causing it to spin on the carriageway.

Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured during the incident.

Following an investigation, he was later charged and convicted of dangerous driving following a trial.

Woodward was sentenced to 15 months in prison – suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to carry out 20 days rehabilitation work and 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and has to pay a statutory surcharge.

PC Haydn Roberts-Powell from North Wales Police’s Roads Crime Unit said: “Paul Woodward’s actions that day were highly dangerous and it is a miracle that no-one, including other passing motorists, were seriously hurt.

“It is clear that this was fuelled by road rage which is clearly unacceptable. We will actively target those individuals that feel they can drive and act in this way.”

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