‘Aggressive’ BMW driver overtook lorry before slamming on brakes in front of it
A man drove his BMW car “aggressively” on a rural road, overtaking a 44-tonne HGV lorry then slamming on his brakes in front of it.
Mark Morris, 35, today pleaded guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention in the incident on the A525 in Llandegla.
Magistrates disqualified Morris from driving for six months and fined him £162.
Prosecutor Julia Galston told the court that Aled Davies had been driving his 44-tonne vehicle in the Llanrhaeadr area on August 13 last year.
She said he became aware of a blue BMW in his rear dashcam “swerving” in the road and trying to overtake him.
The prosecutor said he eventually crossed the double white lines on a bend and overtook him.
She said: “Mr Morris then slammed the brakes on” causing Mr Davies to brake.
The court heard that someone in the BMW’s front passenger seat then wound down their window and made “gestures” at the lorry driver.
Further along the road, the lorry stopped and Morris in the BMW also stopped at the Drovers Arms pub.
“The defendant ran down the road and shouted abuse (towards Mr Davies),” said the prosecutor.
The prosecution played two clips from the lorry’s front and rear dash cameras to the court showing the incident.
Ms Galston said the “potential for damage was huge”.
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Chris Dawson, defending, said his client, of Lynton Ridge, Llandegla, initially believed that the lorry driver was the “villain of the piece”.
He accepted that it was “inappropriate” for Morris to go over the double white lines to overtake the lorry and it had been “aggressive” driving.
However, Mr Dawson added: “Whatever the potential for an accident resulting from Mr Morris’s manoeuvres in fact there wasn’t an accident and no-one was injured.”
The solicitor said any driving ban would cause Morris, who has five dependent children, “exceptional hardship” as they live in a rural location and need to attend appointments.
Both Morris – who has three forklift truck and excavator driving licences – and his partner gave evidence to back up this claim.
But chairman of the bench Peter Campbell noted the aggressive manner of driving on a road with a “high level of traffic”.
He handed the defendant the ban adding: “We do not find that you have demonstrated exceptional hardship – rather, inconvenience.
“This is down to the fact that there is another adult (his partner) available to drive.”
He added that arrangements can be made with the NHS for patients to go to any hospital appointments.
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