A reckless and dangerous road-rage driver, who brandished a baseball bat out of his window towards another motorist on the motorway, has been convicted in court (scroll down for video).
Joshua McKenzie was driving a blue Mercedes Sprinter van on the M23 northbound when he undertook a white Vauxhall Corsa.
McKenzie then braked sharply on several occasions and swerved recklessly between lanes.
His actions caused the victim to take immediate evasive action and decrease his speed to just 27mph.
McKenzie also made a hand gesture towards his victim and brandished a baseball bat out of the driver’s window.
The Corsa had been travelling in lane three at its restricted speed of 70mph when McKenzie approached in his van.
The 36-year-old flashed his headlights, but the driver of the Corsa was not able to manoeuvre to lane two due to heavy traffic.
The driver of the Corsa had a dashcam fitted to his vehicle that captured the incident as it unfolded on 12th July 2017
The footage was then submitted to Sussex Police via Operation Crackdown.
McKenzie, a building labourer, of Halton Road, Kenley, Surrey, was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) by the police but he ignored the letter.
Following further enquiries by investigating officers, he later confirmed he was aware of the incident, but he denied the allegations despite the footage being captured on the dashcam.
McKenzie eventually admitted the offence of dangerous driving, and at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 9th July he was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment.
The sentence was suspended for 18 months.
He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and must also pay a £140 victim surcharge.
McKenzie must also now take an extended re-test if he wishes to drive again.
Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Roads Policing Unit, said:
“This is a clear case of dangerous, irresponsible and intimidating behaviour, and there is no place for such actions on our roads.
“Thankfully, no one was hurt on this occasion, and we were able to bring the defendant to justice after the victim reported the incident to us via Operation Crackdown.
“Operation Crackdown is an online platform where you can report incidents of dangerous or antisocial driving.
“Each report will be fully investigated and, where necessary, we may pursue criminal proceedings.”