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Disabled man rams his SUV into car of pregnant woman traveling with her baby daughter during road rage incident

By Mason White 1:16 PM February 24, 2017
Smashed car (illustration)
Smashed car (illustration)
By: Mason White

An angry man deliberately rammed his SUV into the car of a pregnant woman because he angry that she was driving too slow, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Stevenage police said that they have arrested 46-year-old Paul Fowell, after being accused of dangerous driving.

Now, Fowell has been jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for 3 years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

Paul Fowell, who is disabled, was criticized by the judge who said: “Your appalling driving caused undoubted terror to the lady in question, who was pregnant and had her baby daughter with her.”

Judge Philip Bartle QC said the case was so serious that he could not suspend the sentence despite Fowell’s obvious physical difficulties, and lack of any previous convictions.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on the outskirts of Hitchin, where the highway ends and traffic has to merge into one lane.

The woman was driving a VW Polo with her 10-month-old daughter strapped into a car seat, and she was in the early stages of pregnancy.

Fowell was in a Vauxhall Frontera, with a female passenger. She changed lanes and then became aware of a car being driven very close to the rear of her vehicle.

Fowell was flashing his lights and making hand gestures towards her.

She tried to concentrate on her driving, but he pulled out so that he was level with her and rammed the offside of her car while they were both moving.

Then he pulled away slightly and rammed her a second time.

She was both shocked and frightened, and decided to pull onto the hard shoulder to check on the safety of her daughter.

The court was then told that she noticed he had stopped further up the road, and when she drove by him, he pulled out and followed her again, beeping his horn and flashing his lights.

At the Three Moorhens roundabout, he pulled up on her near side and deliberately rammed the car again, and then drove off.

Another motorist, who witnessed the events, came to her aid, and followed behind her as she drove home to Hitchin, in case there were any further problems.

Police were alerted and given Fowell’s registration number.

When he was arrested, he claimed the woman had cut him off, and as he braked sharply, his brakes locked and he unintentionally collided with her.

He also said that he stopped his car so they could exchange information. He followed her when she did not stop, and at the roundabout, his car somehow made contact with hers.

The woman told the court that almost a year after the events, she still does not feel safe driving.