Liverpool Crown Court heard about the fear suffered by other motorists following what has been described as a “terrifying” road rage incident.
The driver, Prescot Garom was driving on the M6 whilst being 3 and a half times over the drink driving limit.
Witnesses stated that Garom was moving in and out of lanes, undertaking and then suddenly pulling out.
Other drivers were seen to be braking heavily because of his driving.
At one stage a car being driven by a Mrs Dowthaite had to slam on its brakes and swerve to avoid a collision with Garom.
Mrs Dowthaite was so concerned about Garom’s driving that she asked her husband, who was her passenger, to telephone the police.
Garom then manoeuvred his car back into the middle lane and as Mrs Dowthaite started to overtake him, her husband gestured to Garom about the manner of his driving.
Garom made a “gun gesture” back in response.
Garom then started flashing his lights behind the Dowthaites following which he cut infront of their car, straddling 2 lanes so they couldn’t get passed.
Garom then slowed down to around 35mph and began throwing items out of his car.
These items included a cup of coffee and a packet of cigarettes.
Because of him straddling 2 lanes and the speed he was travelling, a large queue of traffic started to build up behind.
After some time, Garom moved over and sped off but not until another motorist had phoned the police about his driving.
At around 6pm, police spotted Garom’s car on a slip road and when the spoke to the passenger, they stated that the car had run out of fuel and Garom had taken a taxi to a petrol station.
The police waited and when he returned to the car, Garom was arrested.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Garom was uncooperative with the police and was subjected to a CS gas spray before being retained.
Later, at the police station he was breathalysed and gave of reading of 122mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
The legal drink driving limit in England and Wales is currently 35mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.
Garom pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving and driving without a driving licence.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and disqualified from driving for 3 and a half years.
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