A TAXI driver blasted his horn, cut in front of a lorry and slammed on his brakes in a fit of road rage on the A34, a jury heard.

Maaz Pandor stands charged with dangerous driving after a lorry ‘kissed’ the back of his black Vauxhall Vectra on the northbound carriageway of the A34 near Hinksey Hill interchange on June 9 last year.

But Pandor denies the charge and claims he lost control of his vehicle because of a spasm in his leg.

Prosecuting barrister Julian Lynch told a jury of eight men and four women at Oxford Crown Court yesterday that Pandor beeped at lorry driver Andrew Moore after being blocked off getting onto the main carriageway via the slip road at about 8pm.

Mr Lynch said Pandor lost his temper and in a fit of road rage overtook Mr Moore’s lorry before pulling in front of it and applying his brakes ‘extremely hard’, speeding up again and then ‘applying emergency breaking’.

Pandor said the spasm in his right leg caused him to lose control and forced him to use his left foot to break.

The 33-year-old of Lock Crescent, Kidlington, told jurors that he did not sound his horn and had no issue with Mr Moore. He said: “I was overtaking and had some serious, serious pain in my right leg.

“I didn’t know what it was. I lost total control.

“It was like I went blank. The pain was so excruciating. It was unbearable, that’s why I was breaking with my left leg.”

Pandor said he had never experienced a spasm in his leg before.

The jury was shown dash cam footage from the lorry which showed Pandor’s Vectra join the A34 behind the 26-tonne loaded vehicle, before pulling alongside it, in front of it and then breaking hard two times before stopping.

Mr Moore told the court: “I thought on first instance I was going to really hit it [the car] hard. There was no room.”

Mr Moore said after the collision the vehicles stopped and Pandor got out and seemed ‘joyful’, saying the lorry driver had run into the back of him.

Pandor denied this and said he asked if the lorry driver was okay. Judge Ian Pringle QC asked Pandor if it was case of ‘crash for cash’ –where people cause crashes to claim insurance – which he also denied. The trial continues.