Ban after road rage outburst

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ROAD rage led to an irate driver being brought before magistrates.

Daniel Simpson leapt out of his car and hurled abuse at a bus driver during the confrontation in Newbottle.

The court was told how the 25-year-old drove along the pavement in Philadelphia Lane, before pulling in front of the bus and braking sharply.

He pleaded guilty to driving dangerously on October 18 last year.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that the defendant’s car passed the bus as the driver was waiting to pull out from a bus stop.

He appeared to be turning left at the A182 roundabout towards Sunderland, then indicated right, before braking sharply, meaning the bus driver also had to brake.

Mr Anderson said: “The bus driver said he sounded his horn and shouted something.

“The defendant pulled on to the pavement and passed behind the lamppost.

“He then sped up and accelerated in front of the bus and stopped very sharply, forcing the bus to brake sharply, before the defendant gets out and begins remonstrating with the bus driver.

“He said ‘what’s your problem? Do you have something to say?’.

“The bus driver puts his window up and the defendant punches his wing mirror, causing no damage, then jumps in his vehicle and drives off.

“With all the cameras in the bus, you can see some of what happens from the CCTV.”

Unemployed Simpson, who from suffers mental health problems, was arrested and admitted driving dangerously.

Defending, Kate Meek said Simpson, of Sandalwood Square, in Grindon, had held a driving licence for eight years.

He had always intended to pull on to the pavement, as he was collecting things from his uncle’s lock-up nearby, she said.

However, she agreed that driving along the pavement and pulling in front of the bus was dangerous.

District Judge Roger Elsey adjourned sentencing until later in the month so Probation Service reports could be prepared.

He banned Simpson from driving and said the length of the disqualification would be decided at the next hearing.

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