Road rage man dubbed idiotic after assault
By Anna Roberts
February 01, 2010
A judge deemed a Winkfield man “idiotic” after he tormented and then punched another driver during a fit of road rage on a busy Bracknell highway.
At Reading Crown Court on Friday, January 22, Oliver Bartlett was sentenced for one count of careless driving, one of causing criminal damage and one of common assault, charges he had previously admitted.
The 28-year-old, of Osmans Close, tormented a Corsa driver by driving at 10mph on Opladen Way until the other person attempted to overtake him when he would speed up suddenly.
The court heard he did this because he believed the other driver, who was not named, had cut him up.
Eventually he signalled for the other driver to pull over, walked over to his car, smashed his windscreen with his fist and punched him in the face causing cuts and bruises.
Bartlett, who has previous convictions, was first charged with a count of dangerous driving. He denied this and the Crown Prosecution Service accepted his plea of guilty to a lesser count of careless driving.
However, the court heard the offence on July 20, 2008, was at the higher level of careless driving. Judge Richard Parkes QC said Bartlett’s behaviour involved “the usual idiotic behaviour”.
“You smashed his windscreen with your fist,” he said, adding this must have been a “massive blow”.
“You punched the victim in the face.
“This sort of road rage must be absolutely terrifying for the victim. I wonder if you understand that.
“It is something that is happening all too frequently at the moment.”
The judge called it “a most serious offence of careless driving”.
During the case Bartlett’s solicitor said he suffered seriously from depression and was taking medication.
Judge Parkes said this was practically the only point offered in mitigation.
“This sort of driving is absolutely intolerable,” he said.
Bartlett was sentenced to a four-month curfew meaning he has to stay inside from 8pm until 6am.
He was also ordered to pay £75 compensation, £400 costs and take part in a year-long supervision requirement.