AN angry driver who reversed a Range Rover at his ex-wife as she stood in a Kendal supermarket car park has been sentenced.
John Clarke, 38, was verbally abusive to his ex-wife before driving backwards at speed towards her outside the town’s Morrisons on April 13. She had to leap out of the way to avoid contact and sought refuge in the car of a witness who later told police Clarke’s large, powerful Range Rover Vogue – which had a child inside – was reversed “stupidly fast”.
Carlisle Crown Crown heard Clarke left his vehicle, tried doors of the witness’s vehicle and banged on a window while “shouting”, “swearing” and “being aggressive”.
His ex-wife was left “scared” and “genuinely feared for her own safety” during an incident which ended as Clarke overtook a queue of traffic on the wrong side of the road to exit the car park.
Clarke was sentenced today (THURS) after admitting careless driving and affray. His lawyer spoke of “an isolated incident in which he lost his temper”.
A man of previous good character, Clarke, of Kent Close, Bowston, near Kendal, was handed a two-year community order comprising 100 hours’ unpaid work, and given a six-month driving ban. He was also banned from contacting his ex-wife for five years.
Judge Peter Davies told him: “This was offensive and intimidating behaviour that frightened your former wife.”