Window cleaner Alfredo Caruso has been banned from contacting his ex-partner for seven years – after deliberately ramming his van into her car.
The 54-year-old was already subject to a non-molestation order when the crash happened.
It followed the collapse of their six-year relationship two years ago.
Now Caruso has been jailed for 20 months and hit with the seven-year restraining order.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the non-molestation order was granted in April. But in July the woman was driving when she looked in her mirror to saw her ex speeding up behind her.
Prosecutor Martin Liddiard said: “She did not think he was going to stop. She locked her door. He continued to drive erratically, driving close to the back of her car as though he was going to overtake it.
“Because of that she braked and stopped to let him pass. He stopped his van directly behind her. He then deliberately rammed the back of her car. He drove off in a different direction.”
The defendant further breached his court order in July when he sent his ex an email saying he had attempted to kill himself.
His victim said: “I am in fear that he will try to kill me one day. I just want to live a normal life.”
Caruso, of Woodlands Avenue, Talke, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and two offences of breaching a non-molestation order.
Caruso has been a self-employed window cleaner for 25 years.
Steven Hennessy, mitigating, said: “He is demonstrating remorse for the harm and upset he has caused.”
The defendant has also been handed an 18-month driving ban.
Judge Sally Hancox said: “You behaved in such a way that was intimidating and frightening and could have been dangerous and harmful to her physically and psychologically. You deliberately drove into the back of her vehicle.”