A jealous husband followed his wife on her first date with another man before deliberately ramming into their car at high speed.
The pair feared they would ‘die on the A1’ when John Carter began his pursuit. A judge who jailed him for five years said it was ‘no thanks to him’ that the couple had not been seriously injured.
Carter, of Winlaton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, confronted his former spouse as she drove to the date on April 5 last year. He pulled out a hunting knife and slashed her tyres, leaving her stranded by the roadside, a court heard.
When the man she was due to meet arrived to rescue her, the jealous ex returned to the scene and gave chase, pursuing the couple onto the western bypass and ramming their car.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Carter, 49, had been a ‘hard working family man’ who was married to his wife Barbara for around 20 years.
His barrister Glenn Gatland said Carter started suffering from anxiety and depression and ‘began self medicating with alcohol and cocaine, which was very unwise’.
Ultimately the former machine operator’s excessive drinking led to Mrs Carter ending the relationship in August 2018. Mr Gatland told the court his client ‘became extremely depressed and jealous when he started to suspect she was going to see someone else’.
Carter had denied two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm but was found guilty by a jury earlier this year. In a statement read out in court Mrs Cartersaid said she was ‘still shaking physically from this incident’.
She added: ‘By ramming our vehicle it was clear he intended to do us serious harm. I’m mortified this happened on our first date. It’s the kind of thing you see in a horror movie I thought I was going to die on the A1.’
Judge Penny Moreland said: ‘It seems you did have hopes of reconciliation but she told the jury she had made it clear to you she was not interested in reconciling. Your behaviour on the night was driven by jealousy and anger about her plan.
‘The jury rejected your explanation that the ensuing collision had been accidental and found you deliberately rammed his car with the intention of causing really serious harm to them.
‘It’s no thanks to you neither was injured, and no thanks to you that nobody else using the road escaped injury. You fled the scene, abandoned the car and falsely reported it stolen.’
In mitigation, Mr Gatland said his client was ‘shocked, upset, and can’t apologise enough’.
Carter was jailed for five years for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was also sentenced to 18 months for possession of a bladed article and six month and 12 month terms for two counts of dangerous driving, all of which will run concurrently with the five year sentence.
He was also banned from driving for 18 months and must take an extended test before getting his licence back.
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