CCTV footage shows driver deliberately ramming car carrying children in Cambridge
A driver who repeatedly rammed a car carrying children in Cambridge has been jailed for four months.
Bonnie Falco, 33, initially accused a witness of lying about the incident, but on the day her trial was due to start at Cambridge Crown Court she pleaded guilty to criminal damage and dangerous driving.
The court heard that Falco intentionally struck the white Renault Clio on August 22 last year, while driving her brother’s black Volkswagen Golf.
The victim, who knew Falco, was at The Mermaid Fish and Chip shop on Green End Road with her sister at about 6.40pm.
Falco pulled in front of her car and asked her for a fight. The woman refused and told her she had her children in the car with her.
She got in her car and drove away, after Falco began walking towards her.
But Falco got back in the VW Golf and followed her, ramming the victim’s car at least twice as she reached the junction of Scotland Road.
Falco, of Beck Row, Bury St Edmunds, aggressively rammed the woman’s car again,at least two times to the driver’s side, causing damage to the car and smashing a window.
She then left the scene and the police were called.
Falco denied intentionally ramming the car when interviewed by police, claiming instead her own car was hit from behind.
She also claimed she did not know the woman had her children in the vehicle with her.
Officers told her she had been seen ramming the victim’s car at least four times, but Falco accused the independent witness of lying.
Having finally admitted the charges at a hearing last month, she was sentenced on Friday (January 10), where Judge Jonathan Cooper said he had to consider the appropriate sentence for someone who “deliberately rams a car with a child in it”.
He said: “People must know that conduct like yours must lead to immediate custody.”
Falco was also disqualified from driving for 19 months and ordered to complete an extended retest.
After the sentencing, PC Carl Brothwood, who investigated, said: “Falco put herself and other road users at risk by getting behind the wheel of her brother’s car and driving the way she did.
“Both the victim and her children were understandably very frightened during this nasty incident.
“Falco thought she could drive dangerously and get away with it, but she was wrong and justice has now caught up with her.
“I’m glad we have managed to take her off the road and hope this sends a strong message that we will take positive action against bad drivers on the roads of Cambridgeshire.”
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