A Dalton man has appeared in court following a road rage incident during which he threw a bottle at another driver’s car.
Rehaan Iqbal, of Kingston Avenue, was found guilty after a trial of dangerous driving.
Kirklees magistrates heard that he lost his temper after mistakenly believing that the other driver had made a rude gesture at him.
Prosecutor Robert Campbell said that the offence occurred on April 12.
Geoffrey Kench was driving his Mercedes from Huddersfield towards Marsh when he noticed Iqbal’s VW Golf was too close to his rear bumper.
Mr Campbell told magistrates: “Mr Kench was particularly sensitive as before this offence he had been tail-ended by other vehicles. He made gestures to the defendant to move back and he took that as an abusive gesture.”
The cars had reached Trinity Street and as 24-year-old Iqbal approached Gledholt roundabout he accelerated and overtook Mr Kench.
Iqbal then continued in front of him, braking and causing Mr Kench to make an emergency stop.
Magistrates heard that the incident was witnessed by an off duty police officer who with Mr Kench, a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists for 40 years, gave evidence against Iqbal.
Mr Campell said: “Other road users were disrupted. The defendant then passed the complainant’s vehicle on the inside lane of the roundabout. He was taking up the whole roundabout by weaving from side to side and travelling at walking speed.”
As the cars reached the bottom of Westbourne Road Iqbal got out of his car and started shouting at Mr Kench and gesturing his hands.
The other driver continued his journey and Iqbal followed, overtaking the police officer and traveling alongside Mr Kench onto New Hey Road in Outlane.
There was another verbal altercation and Iqbal threw at bottle towards Mr Kench’s car.
Magistrates ordered a report from probation staff before sentencing Iqbal.