Family’s road ram terror
PUBLISHED: 10:38 22 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:04 04 May 2010
A DRIVER, his pregnant wife and their two young children were subjected to a terrifying four-mile car chase through dark country roads. Their car was rammed repeatedly from behind and at one point bounced off the road. The frightening ordeal took place be
A DRIVER, his pregnant wife and their two young children were subjected to a terrifying four-mile car chase through dark country roads.
Their car was rammed repeatedly from behind and at one point bounced off the road.
The frightening ordeal took place between Coveney and Ely on Saturday night.
The father, who was driving but asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, drove at up to 70mph in a bid to escape as his two terrified youngsters, aged eight and two, screamed in the back.
"I told my wife to pray to God and hold on tight," he said. "I honestly felt in fear for our lives."
Their tormentors tried to overtake and were so close that one of two male passengers was able to hit the family's car window with his hand as he shouted at them.
The family, from Pymoor, were returning from Chatteris when a red Vauxhall Corsa raced up behind them with its lights on full beam.
When the father signalled to the driver to dip the lights, the Corsa rammed their Fiat Punto so hard it lifted off the road.
Sparks flew off the road surface and the Corsa followed them, ramming them again and again.
The man's wife, who is six months pregnant, phoned police and officers asked her to read out the number plate.
"At that point I lost my temper," said the driver. "With all due respect, they were so close to my bumper we couldn't see their number plate.
"I was driving at 70mph to get away from them and their lights were still on full beam, blinding us."
Officers told the family to drive to Ely Police Station but they knew it would be shut so instead went to their uncle's home.
Eventually, the chasing car turned away, speeding off in the direction from where it had come.
The uncle was not home but the family were so terrified they hid at the back of his house until a relative came to drive them home.
"I don't want to get in that car in a hurry and we're definitely never going down that road again," said the father.
"We're just a very close family who keep themselves to themselves.
"I can't think why these people would want to put my family at risk."
INFO: Cambridgeshire police confirmed they were called by the family at 9.55pm and urged anyone with information to contact Pc Hilton at Sawston police station on 0845 456456 4 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. At one stage the Fiat overtook a grey Renault Kangoo and police are keen to speak to the driver of that car.