A driver is appealing for anyone who may have footage of an incident which saw him claim he was ‘deliberately’ driven into by a van on the A5.
The scrape happened near the Applegreen service station on the Gibbets Cross roundabout, where the A5 crosses the A426, on Tuesday August 4 at around 12.15pm.
A 62-year-old man from Northampton, who asked to remain nameless, was driving his blue Peugeot 406 Coupe up the A426 after visiting a friend in Rugby when the van first came up behind him.
He described the van as a small, white unmarked Volkswagen, with distinctive alloy wheels, driven by a young, white man with light brown hair.
The Coupe driver said: “He seemed to think I wasn’t going fast enough for him as I left Rugby, and as I was about to pass a slow-moving lorry, he shot past me on the inside doing around 80mph, nearly hitting the lorry and my front wing.
“Although I didn’t retaliate in any way, at the M6 roundabout he did a violent emergency stop, although the lights were on green, presumably hoping I’d crash into the back of him.
“Fortunately, I was able to swerve round him, and he then followed me up to the Gibbets Cross roundabout.
“As I turned right down the A5 towards Crick, he forced his van between me and the left-hand kerb, stuck his arm out the window in a V-sign, and deliberately swerved into me, crumpling my nearside front wing and splitting the bumper.
“He then turned round and headed back towards Hinckley.”
The car driver is asking for anyone who has dashcam footage of the van following him or of the collision, or who has seen a van with damage or blue paint down the driver’s side, to come forward.
His Peugout may have to be written off because of its age and the extent of the damage.
The car is a fairly rare vehicle, with a 4-cam, 3-litre V6 engine, built by Italian designers Pininfarina, at their coachbuilding operation in Turin.
He has several cars and the incident comes just three weeks after one of his Ferrari’s was stolen from storage.
You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leicestershire Police has been contacted for comment.