Waterlooville driver cleared of aiming his car at man in row

IN THE DOCK Jay Alsop
IN THE DOCK Jay Alsop
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A DRIVER has been cleared of deliberately ploughing his car into a man in a road rage row.

Jay Alsop, pictured right, was accused of driving his Volkswagen Golf straight at Matthew Cobby in a bid to injure him on Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth.

Mr Cobby had left the Southwick Park Golf Club in Pinsley Drive, Fareham, in his silver Vauxhall Meriva, and joined the Portsdown Hill Road, when he noticed the Golf tailgating him.

He slowed down and came to a stop in the middle of the road, forcing Mr Alsop in his Golf to stop behind him.

When Mr Cobby got out of his car and walked towards him the 20-year-old panicked and put his foot down, driving off at speed in a bid to go around the parked Vauxhall and avoid a confrontation.

But Mr Cobby was unable to get out of the way and was thrown onto the bonnet of the Golf and sent crashing into the windscreen and up into the air. He landed, unconscious, on a grass verge by the road.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital and suffered a dislocated shoulder, ruptured ligaments in his ankle, and cuts to his head, knees and elbows.

Mr Alsop, of Buckland Close, Waterlooville,was arrested at the scene of the incident, at 7.30pm on April 7.

He pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving, assault causing grievous bodily harm and assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

A jury found him not guilty of all three charges after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

But Mr Alsop pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug, after he was found carrying cannabis, and was fined £100.