Car rammed on M5 over unpaid cannabis debt
A drug dealer repeatedly rammed a woman's car on the motorway while his accomplice aimed a rifle at her after she failed to pay a drug debt.
Jordan Small followed the woman on the M5 after she left Weston-super-Mare without paying £200 for her cannabis.
While he did so, his accomplice Craig Hailstone pointed an air rifle at the vehicle.
The shaken woman finally pulled over and paid up but her £2,000 vehicle had been written off.
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At Bristol Crown Court Small, 21, of Madam Lane, Worle, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis with intent to supply and dangerous driving.
Hailstone, 20, of Tavistock Road, Weston-super-Mare, pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm.
Judge Julian Lambert jailed Small for 28 months and banned him from driving for three years.
Hailstone was given a nine-month sentence in a young offender's institution suspended for two years.
He was also given 240 hours unpaid work, a six-month tagged curfew and had to agree to not take any drugs or contact Small for two years.
Kirsty Real, prosecuting, said a woman had driven to Weston to pay off a £200 cannabis debt and had met Small in a supermarket car park.
"She then left and had not given him the money," Miss Real said.
Both defendants then pursued her on the M5.
"The van was used to ram her vehicle from behind and on the side on several occasions," Miss Real said.
"Mr Hailstone then produced a rifle that he aimed at the car.
"She pulled over onto the hard shoulder near junction 20 at Clevedon and the van crossed the path of a motorcycle in order to ram her car and caused it to spin."