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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