Man jailed after road rage incident - Farnham Royal


An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of dangerous driving, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, common assault and breach of a restraining order.

Akash Verma of Sherwood Avenue, Hayes in Middlesex was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.

The court heard that on 14 April this year Akash Verma followed his former partner and her passenger from Northolt to Farnham Royal in Buckinghamshire. Throughout the journey Verma drove very closely behind their car and flashed his headlights. On two occasions he drove onto the wrong side of the road to pull alongside them.

At 9.45pm at the mini roundabout on Farnham Road, Farnham Royal by the Crown Inn, Verma deliberately drove his car into the victim's car.  He got out of his car, holding a baseball bat, and began to hit the victim's vehicle causing considerable damage. He then assaulted the male passenger in the vehicle with the baseball bat. He then got back in his car.

An off-duty Metropolitan Police officer witnessed the incident and approached Verma's car.  She identified herself as a police officer and told him to get out of the vehicle. As she stood in the open door of the car and reached for the keys that were in the ignition, Verma started the engine put the car in reverse and began to drive off causing the officer to run alongside the vehicle which then braked, causing her to fall to the floor and suffer cuts and bruising. Verma then left the scene.