Road-rage driver jailed for causing crash

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A DONCASTER motorist who deliberately caused a crash in a road-rage incident because he was being held up by a slower driver is starting the New Year behind bars.

Traffic police in South Yorkshire are hoping the case of Carl Yates will highlight the dangers of motorists getting frustrated at other drivers on busy roads.

Yates has been jailed for five months for deliberately causing the collision on the busy Parkway in Sheffield as he made his way from Doncaster on June 15.

The 37-year-old, of Balby Road, Doncaster, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for the road-rage incident in which he deliberately braked heavily, causing a collision and leaving a man and woman with minor injuries.

Following a thorough police investigation into the collision, Yates was charged with dangerous driving under Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Sergeant Steve Askham, from South Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group, said: “The anti-social use of vehicles is not accepted on South Yorkshire’s roads.

“We will target those who drive in a dangerous manner through enforcement and prosecution when necessary.”

“Yates acted they way he did because he felt the victim was travelling too slow in front of him.

“He overtook the car in front of him and forced them to stop sharply by braking heavily.”

Yates was also sentenced to a mandatory driving ban and will have to take an extended re-test before he can get back behind the wheel.