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Amazon lorry driver who tried to ram van off road avoids jail

Adrian Kowalski said the incident has made him wary while driving now (Pictures: SWNS)

An Amazon delivery driver who veered onto the wrong side of the road and pushed a van onto the pavement has avoided jail.

Adrian Kowalski, 52, said he ‘feared for his life’ when an Amazon lorry swerved into oncoming traffic and forced Mr Kowalski to veer off the road on November 18 last year. 

Despite the terrifying incident being captured on video, the Amazon driver has been let off with a fine and instructions to attend a driving course. 

Dashcam footage shows the 44-tonne Amazon lorry appearing to chase Mr Kowalski’s vehicle through a roundabout in Marlborough, Derbyshire. 

The Amazon driver deviates onto the wrong side of the road and then turns into Mr Kowalski, bumping him onto the pavement. 

Mr Kowalski, who delivers supplies for Somercotes Office Furniture, had to veer away from the lorry to avoid what could have been a serious accident.

Adrian Kowalski's van pushed onto the pavement by an Amazon delivery driver.  Adrian Kowalski has lashed out at Derbyshire Police after he found out the Amazon driver who tried to ram him off the road has been let off without any jail time.

At one point, Mr Kowalski had to mount the pavement to avoid a collision with the Amazon driver (Picture: SWNS)

‘If I hadn’t gone up the verge there would have been a certain collision,’ Mr Kowalski said previously.  

The lorry driver had been employed by Amazon through a third party, but has since been sacked. 

The letter said there was ‘sufficient evidence in this case to justify a prosecution’, but argued that ‘there is no provision in law for a Magistrate to offer such restraining and the imposition of a fine and penalty points will not do anything to correct poor driving habits’. 

The police started an investigation but last week they informed Mr Kowalski that the delivery driver’s punishment would be a £180 fine and a half-day safe and considerate driving course. 

Mr Kowalski blasted this decision and said it seemed like the Amazon driver was ‘getting away’ with a ‘very light and lenient’ sentence. 

The Amazon delivery driver went onto the veered onto the wrong side of the road (Picture: SWNS)

He said: ‘I received the letter last week and I thought it would be asking me to come to court. It was a bit of a shock, to be honest. He was even on the wrong side of the road. Even a fine and points would be better than this.

‘This whole incident has made me wary and I never had a dash-cam till this happened. I’m a lot more cautious when I come to junctions and it’s not just about Amazon lorries either.

‘I’ve driven for 35 years and never seen anyone in a lorry driving like that – I was absolutely gobsmacked.’ 

The only way the Amazon driver would face prosecution would be if he failed to attend his safe driving course or did sometime similar within three years of finishing the course. 

Mr Kowalski now has 14 days to respond to the letter and has said he plans to do so. 

Adrian Kowalski said he ‘feared for his life’ when the Amazon lorry veered into him (Picture: SWNS)

He said: ‘I don’t know what the sentence options are but this seems to be so mild. Maybe the courts are backed up and that’s the reason behind it.

‘I am going to email back as I don’t think it’s right but I want to see if I can find out what the possible sentences are before I go jumping in there. I would like to see what the options are but I am not happy.’ 

Derbyshire Police said: ‘Courses are offered to drivers who have committed offences that, after a review, are deemed eligible based on a strict set of national criteria.

‘Should the course not be undertaken by a certain date then the matter will be taken to court where a range of further sanctions can be imposed.’

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