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Driver given community order after producing metal bar at the roadside.

AN irate driver sped away in fear after a motorist he confronted for driving too slow produced a metal bar, a court has heard.

AN irate driver sped away in fear after a motorist he confronted for driving too slow produced a metal bar, a court has heard.

Tahir Raja reached for the bar after he became involved in an altercation with the driver in Hampton Lane, on August 18.

Solihull Magistrates Court heard on Monday that Raja had been travelling at 20mph along the Solihull route, a 40mph road, with the victim following behind.

When they reached the traffic lights on red, the victim pulled up next to Raja to explain the speed limit.

The court heard the defendant then went to the boot of his car and pulled out a metal bar. An off duty police officer also saw the weapon and feared Raja would do something with it.

Magistrates were told father-of-four Raja had been driving slowly because he was in an unfamiliar area and his wife had asked him to slow down as she had recently been in a car accident.

The defendant said he felt ‘antagonised’ by the other motorist and feared that he may have produced a weapon himself.

The 44-year-old of Lea Hall Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to threatening and abusive behaviour and was sentenced to a 12 month community order. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and told to pay £75 compensation and £75 costs.

 

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