A MOTORIST who knocked a man with the front of his car when he drove off from a road-rage incident on his way to work has been banned from driving.
Marcus Dolman had become annoyed when a car in front of him in the outside lane slowed down as it approached a roundabout on the A50 in Sudbury.
Dolman, 39, beeped his horn and then got out of his car and shouted at the other motorist, Keith Facey, heard Derby Crown Court.
He then got back into his car and started to drive off as Mr Facey approached, said Sarah Allen, prosecuting.
"He drove off and collided with him (Mr Facey), causing him to slide on to the bonnet of his car, causing him pain to his shoulder and jaw on hitting the car," she said. "The defendant drove off and was followed by Mr Facey to enable him to get the registration number."
The court was told that Dolman, of Chapel Green, Doveridge, had no previous convictions, was a family man and had glowing references from his employers at Rolls-Royce.
Handing Dolman a nine-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, Judge Ebrahim Mooncey said: "Clearly your conduct on that morning was outrageous. You were in your motor vehicle when you approached a roundabout – in front, Mr Facey slowed down.
"What is required when driving byways and highways is a lot of patience. You should have kept quiet and not got out of your car."
He said that Dolman had made "a glancing hit" to Mr Facey, which knocked him but didn't cause him to lose his footing.
"He ended up on your bonnet and had some discomfort to his shoulder and jaw," said Judge Mooncey.
The court was told that Dolman, who admitted dangerous driving, "deeply regretted" his actions on that day.
He was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months and to pay £500 compensation to Mr Facey and £620 court costs.
He was disqualified from driving for a year and told he must pass an extended test before he can drive again.