Van driver swung baseball bat at motorist in road rage incident

News from the courts. ANL-180730-164550001
News from the courts. ANL-180730-164550001

A van driver brandished a baseball bat at another motorist during a road rage incident, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Scott Turner reacted after the other driver Damon Habbin remonstrated with him after being cut up at a roundabout on the A16 Spalding Road in Boston.

Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said that Turner was in the wrong lane when he entered the roundabout moved out in front of Mr Habbin causing him to brake heavily.

Mr Habbin, who had four children in his vehicle, then pulled up alongside Turner’s van and wound his window down in a bid to talk to him.

Miss Thandi said “The defendant began shouting and swearing. Mr Habbin tried to tell him he had been driving in the wrong lane but he realised he would not have a sensible conversation.

“He moved his car. As he did he saw the defendant shaking at the wheel and bright red in the face.

“The van then pulled out, went to go in front and collided with Mr Habbin’s car.”

Mr Habbin approached Turner to ask for his insurance details but was met with further aggression.

Miss Thandi said “The defendant swung his door open and swung a baseball bat at Mr Habbin who had to jump to avoid being struck. The children in Mr Habbin’s car were crying and shaken up.”

Turner then drove off but police had already been called and he was subsequently arrested.

When he was interviewed he admitted shouting abuse but denied he intended to hit Mr Habbin’s car. He claimed he acted in self defence when he produced the baseball bat.

Turner, 26, of Stacey Close, Ingoldmells, admitted charges of possession of an offensive weapon, common assault and driving without due care and attention as a result of the incident on 14 September. He was given a five month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 150 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation activity days. He was also given three penalty points on his driving licence and ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Habbin.

Neil Sands, in mitigation, said that Turner is in work and his employer thinks highly of him.

Mr Sands said “On this particular day he lost his temper. The baseball bat was passed to him and led to the incident.”