A MAN who used his "car as a weapon" during an explosion of anger has avoided jail.

George Clothier knocked an innocent man to the ground with his black Ford Focus leaving him with a knee and shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old labourer then drove between parked cars hurling abuse at another man who was his "desired target".

CCTV footage played at Southampton Crown Court showed Clothier "driving dangerously" during the incident in Somerset Avenue, Southampton on September 8 this year.

However, at one point his intended victim with whom he has "a great deal of history" was able to "punch out" his windscreen causing it to shatter.

Prosecution barrister, Martyn Booth told how Clothier then fled the scene jumping a queue of traffic by driving on the wrong side of the road.

After being arrested "there were attempts made to interview him".

But, "they were not successful because of the level of aggression he was displaying in custody", Mr Booth added.

Both victims described the event as "troubling and scary".

Clothier of Thames Close, West End was charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously and assault by beating to which he previously pleaded guilty.

He has extensive previous convictions, an appalling record for public disorder and five matters of offences against the person, the court heard.

Defending, Khalid Missouri said how his client has a partner and young baby who are both financially dependant on him.

Clothier "accepts he lost his temper and intended to scare his victim".

Mr Missouri described the event as an explosion of anger.

During sentencing, Mr Recorder Don Tait said "You effectively used your car as a weapon. It is about time you grow up."

Citing the financial dependency of Clothier's partner and baby he gave him a "final opportunity".

He jailed him for eight months, suspended for two-years.

Clothier was disqualified from driving for 18 months, must complete 20 days of rehabilitation and 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £300 in compensation and £300 in court costs.