Driver smashed car window during road rage incident on Northamptonshire road

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A driver has admitted smashing the window of a car after becoming enraged by a fellow motorist who threw an empty drinks carton on to the windscreen of his vehicle.

Stephen Harris, aged 36, of Hawke Road, Daventry, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he was charged with criminal damage and assault.

The court heard Harris was driving along the A361 near Daventry on June 30 when an empty drinks carton thrown from a Peugeot 206 travelling in the opposite direction hit the windscreen of his vehicle.

Harris’s solicitor, Lisa Collins, said he felt this behaviour was “out of order” so he decided to turn around and follow the vehicle.

Matthew Thomas, prosecuting, said Harris overtook the vehicle and braked sharply, bringing it to a stand-still.

The Peugeot 206 then overtook the Honda before the two vehicles then came to a stop at a roundabout.

Mr Thomas said Harris then got out of his vehicle and smashed the rear driver’s side window by hitting it with his fist.

He said a woman, who was travelling in the back of the Peugeot, was showered with broken glass and suffered “minor injuries”.

Harris, who pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage, was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

He must also pay £235 court costs, £80 compensation and £15 victim surcharge.