‘Furious’ man chased lorry driver onto M6 in 30-minute road rage chase
A ‘furious’ driver pursued a lorry for half an hour onto the M6 following a road rage incident. Martin Farnell collided with the truck three times and deliberately drove in front of it during the 30-minute chase. Farnell, 32, of Bracken Road, Erdington, who had previously admitted dangerous driving, was jailed for 19 months and was disqualified from the roads for three years and nine months.
On June 26, 2020, Farnell was involved in a collision with a Daff tipper truck on Chester Road at a set of traffic lights. This then lead to a “road rage” incident, said Amiee Parkes, prosecuting, at Birmingham Crown Court. : Killer dad who stabbed peacemaker friend to death in Wolverhampton Asda car park caged for life
“The lorry drives off, followed by the defendant. He cuts in front of the lorry again and makes contact and spins around,” Miss Parkes said. “The lorry does not stop and the defendant, driving a Kia Sportage, continued to pursue it onto the M6. “The defendant drove dangerously, switching lanes and pulling in front of it, causing the driver to slow down.”
Miss Parkes told the court that there was another collision and at one point Farnell had got out of the car with two passengers and had shouted at the lorry driver. The pursuit was captured on footage from the lorry and because of what was happening the driver continued along the M6 rather than go on to the M42, which was what he had intended.
It finally came to a halt when the police intervened. When interviewed Farnell admitted he had been a “bit mad” and that the “red mist” had come down.
Passing sentence, Judge Roderick Henderson said: “It was not just a matter of moments or minutes, it was for about half an hour, It is clear from the video that you were furious and out of control. There were other people in your car and it took place on a relatively busy motorway.” Allen Payne, defending, said “Farnell believed he had been wronged and that was why he was on the phone to the police.
He was chasing the lorry to get the driver’s details.”
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