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Jeremy Vine 'very grateful' to police after road rage driver found guilty for hurling abuse at radio presenter

Shanique Pearson was found guilty following the incident with the BBC presenter in Kensington

BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has said he was “extremely grateful” to the police and Crown Prosecution Service after a driver was found guilty of a road rage row with in Kensington .

Shanique Pearson was found guilty of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour on Wednesday (February 1) morning.

Pearson, who it emerged had a string of previous convictions including assaults and thefts, will be sentenced at an unconfirmed date at Isleworth Crown Court.

She was told by District Judge Timothy King she could face jail as the attack, in Hornton Street on August 26, occurred while she was subject to a suspended sentence.

She had also pleaded guilty to using a vehicle without a valid vehicle licence on the day in question.

In a statement, Mr Vine, 51, said: “People who say ‘cyclists shouldn’t be on the road as they don’t pay tax’ should reflect that in this incident, only one of us was paying tax and insurance on a car - and it was the person on the bike.”

The verdict was also welcomed by Duncan Dullimore, of Cycling UK, who said: “Unfortunately, what happened to Jeremy Vine in Kensington last August is something many people riding bikes will have experienced.

Shanique Pearson, captured on Jeremy Vine's helmet-cam during the row in Kensington in August (Pic: Jeremy Vine)

“Hopefully the publicity surrounding the Vine incident, and the fact this has led to Shanique Pearson’s conviction, will remind people that cyclists are not obliged to hug the kerb and drive dangerously close to car doors just to allow an impatient driver to overtake them.”

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Kunal Davé said: “Pearson’s behaviour was unprovoked and completely unacceptable.

“There was no reason for her to threaten and abuse Jeremy Vine, who, like thousands of cyclists in London each day, was only trying to get home safely, and her excuse that she was shocked and concerned for Mr Vine was not accepted today.

“This case demonstrates that road users who use threatening and abusive behaviour could well find themselves facing a criminal prosecution.”

Shanique Pearson, from Orsett Street in Vauxhall, appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Tuesday (November 8)

Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, from Notting Hill CID , added: “Road rage incidents like this are completely unacceptable.

"Threatening anyone with violence is unacceptable and a criminal offence.

“I hope this conviction serves as a warning and important reminder that all road users should be respected and those that make violent threats will be found and brought before the courts.”

Mr Vine was cycling to work from his home in Chiswick when he became embroiled in a row with Pearson, which was captured on his helmet-cam.

He uploaded footage of her abusing and threatening him before uploading it to his Facebook page, where it received 1 million views.

The court also heard it had received 15 million views across the internet.

It was claimed in court single mother Pearson from Vauxhall has been racially abused and suffered substantially as a result of the altercation with Mr Vine.

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