An off-duty police officer had no choice but to wrestle a raging motorist to the ground after he began spouting aggressively and lunged at another driver through his window.
The video captured on the A27 Sompting bypass in Worthing, Sussex, shows the man targeting a driver as he sat behind the wheel of his car in a row over “slow” driving.
The off-duty Sussex police officer detained the man as he tried to drive away from the scene. After a long tussle the cop managed to stop the man by wrestling him to the ground and holding him until another officer arrived at the scene.
During the incident other drivers repeatedly told the man to stop. However, he continued to act aggressively even after the officer showed him his police warrant card.
The man was eventually given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and fined for his actions. According to the report, he also admitted using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause distress and resisting a police constable.
A shocking eight out of ten motorists admit they have fallen victim to road rage in the past year. Try and avoid falling victim to it yourself by staying calm; move over if someone is tailgating you. Use an “I’m sorry” gesture (e.g. wave) to attempt to defuse the situation. Plan ahead; allow time for delays during your journey. Consider whether you’ve done something to annoy the other driver and adjust your driving accordingly.
Safe driving from Britannia!