Jail for drunken road rage attack

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A MAN who attacked a motorist in a shocking road rage incident has been jailed for a year.

Darren Raistrick, 35, “terrorised a community” during a booze-fuelled day of shame in Cleveleys.

He appeared before Preston Crown Court for offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and affray.

Passing sentence Mr Recorder AM Menary QC said the offences took place on January 2 on Princes Road, Cleveleys.

Raistrick of Holmes Road, Thornton, had been drinking and was causing distress to people, the court was told.

A man who tried to intervene was assaulted.

Raistrick then stood in the way of motorist Rhys Hutchinson and tried to open his door. The car window was then smashed and Mr Hutchinson was punched causing a scar to his forehead.

Mr Hutchinson was a serving soldier and was due to be deployed to Afghanistan on his first tour but had been unable to do that.

“You briefly terrorised that part of the community,” Recorder Menary told Raistrick.

He said he had taken into account the defendant had pleaded guilty and that he did have talents.

He added: “You have a real problem with drink and anger management and coping when life is disappointing.”