ROAD rage driver Martin Bullock picked on the wrong person when he tried to barge a high-ranking policeman off the road in an unprovoked attack.
Bullock - who had also launched a tirade of verbal abuse - only realised the extent of his mistake when driver Phillip Brear, Deputy Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, put on the blue flashing lights and sirens in his unmarked car.
Diana Mawslay, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that Mr Brear, who lives in Huddersfield, and Bullock had been travelling on Denby Dale Road which links Denby Dale to Wakefield in November, 2003, when the incident occurred.
Mr Brear, whose wife Janet was a passenger in his black Audi, claimed Bullock swerved towards them twice as if to barge their car off the road.
In her statement to police, Mrs Brear, described how her husband had moved to go into the inside lane of the dual carriageway as they approached a roundabout.
But as he moved inside, Bullock, 37, of Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, came up behind and did the same, attempting to undertake him.
As both cars went over the roundabout Bullock again swerved towards them which almost forced a shocked Mr Brear to mount the kerb.
Miss Mawslay said: "Janet Brear describes, when the shouting and swearing was going on, the defendant was looking at their car and his vehicle swerved towards them."
Bullock and Mr Brear both stopped their cars and had a brief conversation in which Mrs Brear described Bullock's body language and actions as "irate and aggressive".
Tim Stead, defending, said Bullock denied swerving his Peugeot and that he believed Mr Brear was the one driving dangerously.
Bullock denied dangerous driving but pleaded guilty to inconsiderate driving.
He was fined £400 and given eight penalty points on his licence.
Outside the courtroom Bullock said he didn't think the case would have got to this stage if Mr Brear wasn't a police chief.
He said: "I could have gone to trial, but who are they going to believe, me or the Deputy Chief Constable?"
Mr Brear hit back saying: "Mr Bullock was aggressive and intimidating - my statement and his guilty plea speak for themselves.
"He is very fortunate not to have been disqualified from driving. I hope he learns from this experience."