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Court told pair drove ‘aggressively’ before being involved in crash

PUBLISHED: 16:43 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 22 March 2018

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

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A road rage incident involving two motorists from Ipswich resulted in a collision on the outskirts of the town, it has been alleged.

The incident which took place at the Copdock Interchange started after a Mazda car driven by Aziz Pekal allegedly “cut up” a Vauxhall Astra driven by Derek Parker, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

“This incident started when Mr Pekal suddenly pulled out of his lane in front of Mr Parker’s car and cut-up Mr Parker,” alleged Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.

“The two cars were now both in the same lane and having been cut up by Mr Pekal, Mr Parker undercut Mr Pekal and got in front of him.

“Mr Pekal then did the same to him.”

A police officer who witnessed the incident, which took place at 4pm on October 26, 2016, described both drivers as driving aggressively and felt that a collision between the two cars was “inevitable”.

At one stage while the cars were side by side they had “swiped” into each other and the Mazda driven by Mr Pekal ended up squashed against the central reservation crash barrier by Parker’s Astra, alleged Mr Sorel-Cameron.

“It was a short lived incident of road rage during which they both drove aggressively,” he claimed.

He said at the time of the collision Mr Pekal had his wife, who was five months pregnant, and his 16-month-old daughter in his car while Mr Parker’s wife was a passenger in his car.

Parker, 70, of Sandpiper Road, Ipswich, and Pekal, 34, of Tacket Street, Ipswich, have both pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving on October 26, 2016.

When police officers spoke to the defendants after the incident Parker said he and Pekal were both to blame for what had happened and said it was “six of one half a dozen of the other”, while Pekal placed the blame on Parker.

“They were both driving aggressively on a main road and they caused a danger to themselves, their passengers and to other road users,” said Mr Sorel-Cameron.

He said the Mazda had damage to all panels while the Astra had damage to the front off side.

The trial continues.

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