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Caught on Dash cam Brake Check Road Rage A38/M5, Driver Banned. Click to watch.

Jay Lee Lashbrook, 24 slammed on his brakes, slowing traffic from 70mph to just 22mph..

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This is the frightening moment when a tailgating road rage driver slammed on his brakes, slowing traffic from 70mph to just 22mph in a matter of just yards.

Jay Lee Lashbrook, 24, was caught on dashboard cameras in the front and rear of a vehicle in June, performing a move which could have caused a huge pile-up, magistrates heard.

The groundsman from Brixington, near Exmouth, was driving his VW Golf on the A38 Devon Expressway near Kennford and onto the M5 when he was filmed, the court heard, Devon Live reported.

He became impatient at not being able to progress more quickly through slow-moving traffic and made rude hand gestures at the driver of a Skodia Octavia in front, at around 1.20pm on June 5.

Video shown at Exeter Magistrates' Court showed how he pulled in sharply in front of the car and then braked suddenly, despite there being no vehicles ahead, causing traffic to slow from 70mph to 22mph.

A car further back put on hazard lights to warn drivers. Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, said he applied the brakes in a "reckless and dangerous manner". "The road was very busy and he caused other vehicles behind the witness to brake," she added. "It was perhaps an incident of road rage - there doesn't seem to be any reason behind it."

Lashbrook, who was travelling in the car with his partner, pleaded guilty to one charge of driving dangerously in lane two of a three lane carriageway.

He told police officers the Skoda driver had "wound me up" and agreed he had been "reckless and dangerous".

The father of three children, one disabled, said he had been going from Torquay to Exmouth to see family and friends.

He also told the court he was suffering from the pressure of caring for his daughter who requires hospital treatment, including in Bristol.

A probation officer told the court he had admitted in an interview that "he was feeling low and his head was all over the place".

"He feels horrible and knows he put people's lives in danger," an officer added. "It was impulsive and reckless - he has learned his lesson."

District Judge Stephen Nicholls had indicated to the hearing on Tuesday that he was considering a custodial or community sentence until he heard the full details of a probation report.

Lashbrook was handed a 12-month driving ban and a £365 fine.

"In sentencing I have to take into account the effect of the sentence on you and your family," Judge Nicholls added.

"Your children are in need of help. I am going to come out of the sentencing guidelines and deal with this by way of a financial penalty."

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Comments (29)

  • Yeh yeh another dash cam looking for a story. Ban these clowns looking for a ‘viral hit’ and get them a life whilst you are there.

      4 years ago
  • Can I add some context?

    This is a fairly recently-redesigned piece of road, with average-speed cameras for several miles. The redesign was prompted by lots of accidents where the (two-lane) A38 and (two-lane) A380 merge (northbound) and the M5 starts. It is still a pretty dodgy stretch of road, to be honest, with cars moving left and right all the way along, as there is the merge, another joining road, a separate lane to an off-slip (under a bridge!), an on-road (A30) all in the space of about 1.5 miles, with lots of signs and those cameras to distract/divert attention.

    I do not usually like people lane-hogging, but in this area I can completely understand why it happens (you can see it was busy) and so should the Golf-driver, as a local.

    I think the judge deserves some credit for a sensible (but deterrent) sentence, too.

      4 years ago
    • Yep and even if the camera car was acting wrong that wont give the Golf a reason to act that way (which in fact could have caused a chain accident).

        4 years ago
    • Nobody can excuse the actions of the Golf - completely irresponsible and reckless. Absolutely uncalled for and disgusting behaviour risking the lives of everyone on that road.

      However, nobody should hog the right lane for literally no...

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        4 years ago
  • So who were you overtaking? Not suprised you pissed the golf off driving along like a fairy in the rightmost lane overtaking sweet FA! However they should have just passed and carried on

      3 years ago
  • I don't see any issue with the cam car's road position.

    If you don't know that new section of road it might look like the cam car is in lane 3 (or even lane 4) when they could be in lane 2. They are effectively driving in a two lane road at that point as the A38 merges off to the right and the left most lanes peel off for the upcoming two junctions, and the two lane A380 has just joined the two lane A38 and the traffic is merging right. The gantry signs and words painted on the road instruct you to adopt the right most 3, then 2 lanes for continuing on to the M5.

    It is quite common to drive in the rightmost lane at the start of the video if you were already on the A38 as you have the A380 traffic joining at 70mph and suddenly pulling straight into lane 2 as the lorries and other slower vehicles form the A38 merge over into lane 1 as the two lane road becomes three and they suddenly find themselves in the middle lane.

    The volume of traffic behind the cam car, the lack of it in front, and where the cam car pulls over suggests that is exactly what happened there. You cannot see what has just moved to the left beside the car as it is out of shot.

      4 years ago
  • 996fan is correct, this road can be lethal as the road splits and resplits due to a number of junctions etc, you can see that in the video due to the lane markings and over head signs. Take into account that frequently tourists from UK and abroad, some towing caravans, may not used to the layout of the junctions it all contributes to the danger. I am sick of " I've got a disabled child and the pressure made me do it" excuse, its plain stupidity, why would you endanger your family, more so if they are disabled, by driving like a complete moron. Personally I would make this guy do his community service with the Devon and Cornwall ambulance service or the HATO's that have to clear up the human remains, cars etc from accidents caused by peoples impatience, make him pick up the remains of someone to get into his head driving isnt Fast and Furious, he needs to grow up

      4 years ago