A furious driver slammed his van into a motorist after she had beeped her horn because of how slow he had been travelling during morning rush-hour.

Sam Dymond, then 27, called his victim a 'f***ing s**g' and rammed his white van into his victim who went over the bonnet and ended up on the road.

The road rage attack happened four years ago but Dymond has only now been jailed because it took a year for police to catch him only for him to be released on bail, allowing him to go on the run.

The drama began when the woman was driving to work along Kings Road in Ashton-under-Lyne at 8.30am on May 17, 2017.

She sounded her horn when she became stuck behind Dymond's small white van which was travelling at 'very slowly' at between five and nine miles per hour, prosecutor Kate Hammond told Minshull Street Crown Court on Tuesday.

The slow pace continued for about a mile until the van, which had been stolen, stopped at lights and Dymond shouted at the woman: "F***ing slag - you dirty slag."

Minshull Street Crown Court

The woman 'gesticulated' for Dymond to carry on when the lights turned to green but he again moved off slowly, the court heard.

When the woman tried to overtake the van, Dymond swerved into her path.

The defendant drove around a block to manoeuvre himself directly behind the woman, who could now see Dymond in her rear-view mirror.

He repeatedly sounded his horn and 'seemed incredibly angry', said Miss Hammond.

Stuck in traffic, the woman could not drive away and Dymond then pulled alongside her and could be seen 'mouthing' something towards her.

The court heard Dymond''s front seat passenger spat onto the woman's car - DNA analysis later showed it belonged to the defendant's brother, the court heard.

When the woman got out of her car to take pictures of Dymond and the van, it moved off 'at speed' and hit the side of the woman's car and drove into the pavement as he tried to drive away but found himself blocked in.

Miss Hammond said Dymond then 'drove at' his victim, hitting the front of the woman who went onto the bonnet of the van and then hit a wing mirror as she went down the side of the vehicle and landed on the road.

The victim was fortunate to escape only with soreness to her neck and shoulders and bruising to her legs, the court heard.

The van was found burned out later that day.

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Miss Hammond said he defendant had used the car 'as a weapon'.

Police only arrested Dymond in April 2018, after his victim had seen his picture on Facebook, and alerted cops He claimed he could not remember the incident but admitted he had consumed alcohol and cocaine.

Dymond's first court appearance took another year - he finally appeared before magistrates in June 2019 and pleaded not guilty and was given court bail.

A trial date was set for March 2020 but Dymond went missing. The trial had to be postponed because of the first lockdown.

Police arrested him again in August 2020 and he was released on bail again, only for him to fail to appear as required in court on two occasions in February of this year.

He was arrested again on March 17 and this time the courts remanded him in custody. He changed his pleas to guilty.

Mark Fireman, defending, admitted: "He's very fortunate this lady was not more significantly injured by his actions whether those were intentional or reckless."

The victim told police Dymond, who has a string of previous convictions including for violence, drove at her deliberately but he insisted what he did was 'reckless' rather than deliberate.

Mr Fireman urged the judge to suspend any prison sentence, insisting his client was 'thoroughly ashamed'.

Dymond, now 31, of Knott Lane in Oldham, was jailed for ten months and two weeks after he admitted dangerous driving, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of failing to attend court.

The judge, Miss Recorder Bex QC, told the defendant: "You drove at her in order to get away and you didn't care whether she was injured or not."