A “ROAD rage” motorist who knocked down a traffic warden in a hit-and-run incident when he was given a parking ticket has been jailed and banned from the roads.

Driver Jason Kelly, 46, pictured, also contacted the parking enforcement officer by Facebook during the police investigation and asked to ring him, said Rebecca Young, prosecuting.

After he was summonsed to court, he threatened the traffic warden, saying “I know where you live” when he saw him speaking to another motorist about a ticket.

The warden was on light duties for three months and still suffered from his injuries five months after the incident, in December 2016. He is now anxious when he hears a car engine close to him, the court heard.

Kelly, a geophysics surveyor, had parked in a loading bay when he wasn’t loading, said Ms Young at York Crown Court.

The Honorary Recorder of York, Judge Paul Batty QC, described Kelly’s driving as “road rage”. “You were fired up by anger at receiving a ticket,” he told Kelly. “You intended to frighten him.”

Kelly, of Mount Pellier Terrace, Scarborough, pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to dangerous driving and witness intimidation.

He was jailed for 18 months, banned from driving for three years and nine months and ordered to take an extended driving test before driving alone again.

Mitigating, Jo Shepherd said Kelly had parked the van while he looked for a toilet.

“It is an isolated incident in an otherwise unblemished character,” she told the court.

“The whole court process has had a salutary effect upon him.”

Ms Young said Kelly told the traffic warden: “Why don’t you just .... off?” when he saw the ticket on his windscreen in Vernon Road, Scarborough.

He screwed it up and threw it away before driving completely round a nearby roundabout.

As he came back down the street, he swerved towards the traffic warden, who was still in the bay a step from the kerb, and hit him, knocking him to the ground.

Then he drove off, swerving to avoid parked cars.