Driver who screamed abuse at Jeremy Vine convictedAlice Ross
Wednesday 1 February 2017 14.54 GMT
A 22-year-old woman has been found guilty over a road rage incident filmed by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.
Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, was found guilty at Hammersmith magistrates court of using threatening or abusive behaviour and driving without reasonable consideration over a confrontation with Vine that took place on 26 August last year.
Her lawyer, James O’Keeffe, said Vine’s involvement in the case had ensured the case was far more high profile than it should have been and said Pearson had faced racial abuse as a result.
The Crimewatch and Radio 2 presenter posted video online of a “scary” confrontation with Pearson that took place in Kensington, west London, as he was cycling home.
The video, which was viewed more than 15m times on Facebook, was captured on Vine’s bike-mounted cameras.
It was shown to the magistrates court during the hearing last month. Vine, appearing as a witness, told the court he had been scared Pearson would assault him.
District judge Timothy King said he found Vine to be “a credible, truthful and believable witness”.
In the video, which was shown in court last month, Vine stops his bike after Pearson, who is driving behind him, revved her engine and beeped her horn. She shouts at him, and while Vine explains the Highway Code and said he needed to be riding in the centre of the road she gets out of the car and moves towards him, saying: “This is what gets cyclists killed, why the fuck would you stop in front of my car. You don’t respect your life?”
She tries to move Vine and his bike, grabbing the handlebars and using her feet to get him out of the way. She can be heard adding: “I could’ve hit you and been done for murder.”