Motorist accused of road rage after trying to help trapped driver

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A medical sales rep was shocked to find himself accused of road rage after he tried to help a trapped motorist involved in a terrifying crash.

The incident, which was filmed on Christopher Dye's own dashcam, occurred on the M62 near the Yorkshire-Greater Manchester border on May 12 last year.

Footage from the 27-year-old rep's dashcam shows his car spinning out of control before a Peugeot slides past on its roof and comes to a halt.

Dye, from Sheffield, can then be seen rushing towards the wrecked vehicle in an attempt to help the trapped driver.

However, he was shocked to find he was later charged with driving without due consideration because the alleged altercation he had with the driver of a tailgating van that crashed into him and caused his car to spin was considered to be a road-rage type incident.

Nick Freeman, Dye's solicitor told the Yorkshire Post: "Mr Dye was not only a victim in this incident, he was also a hero, and yet the police decided to pursue charges against him.

"In the video footage, Mr Dye can clearly be heard telling the van driver to back off, as he was far too close.

"Despite the fact the van driver, who clipped two cars, was charged with careless driving, bizarrely my client was also charged.

"Mr Dye was clearly angry with the appalling driving of the man who caused the accident and yet because the police believed that he had remonstrated with him, the police charged him with a road rage offence."

Dye told the newspaper: "It was shocking to be a victim of a car accident on the motorway, but then to be unfairly accused of road rage was even more upsetting."

The case against Dye was dropped at a hearing at Bury Magistrates' Court earlier this week.