An Irvine mum has told of her terror at the hands of a dangerous driver who, she claims tried to run her off the road.

The 25-year-old, who has asked not to be named, was driving down Eglinton Street in Irvine year when, she says John Hogg, 55, began his campaign of terror.

Hogg, of McKinley Crescent in Irvine was found guilty of dangerous driving at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court earlier this year following the shocking events on May 16 last year.

The young mum, who was with her 17-year-old niece and another friend in the car when Hogg drove dangerously close to her, before overtaking and cutting in front of her, causing her to break suddenly.

She feared she would crash and they would all be left seriously injured.

She told the Times: “It was terrifying. I was just going to drop my friend off and all of a sudden he came out of nowhere and was driving almost bumper-to-bumper behind me. Everyone in the car was terrified. I didn’t know what to do. I tried to speed up to get away from him but then he suddenly overtook me, then cut in front of me and slammed his brakes on which meant I had to brake suddenly too.

“I was so scared I would crash. I was just trying to keep calm.”

The victim says the traumatic journey carried onto the Marress Roundabout before she finally managed to escape Hogg.

She drove straight to Irvine Police Station and reported what had happened.

Hogg was charged under the Road Traffic Act for “driving a car dangerously and did repeatedly drive close behind a vehicle being driven by the victim overtake her, cut in front of her, cause her to brake to avoid colliding with your vehicle, drive your vehicle in front of the victim’s vehicle and repeatedly brake sharply, whereby she required to brake to avoid colliding with your vehicle, and place the victim in a state of fear or alarm".

Hogg appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for sentence last week and was disqualified for 18 months and given a Restriction of Liberty Order.