A motorist filmed in Kensington by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine while she screamed foul-mouthed abuse and threatened him has been convicted of road rage offences.
Mr Vine was cycling to work on August 26, and was on Hornton Street when he was embroiled in the row with 22-year-old Pearson.
During the confrontation, which was captured on the Crimewatch and Eggheads presenter’s helmet-cam, she accused of Mr Vine of carrying out a manoeuvre which resulted in her having to slam her brakes.
During the trial district judge Timothy King was shown the footage in which Pearson’s black Vauxhall Corsa is seen behind Mr Vine’s bike tooting her horn, before the victim stops in the road.
Pearson then gets out the car and is heard shouting: “Why the f*** would you stop in front of a car? You don’t respect your f****** life. Move your bike, move your bike.”
Mr Vine is heard defending his actions while Pearson, of Vauxhall, London, is seen kicking and pushing the bicycle.
As she gets back in her car she is heard saying: “If I hit you I could have been done for murder.”
Later in the clip, Mr Vine tries to take a picture of Pearson’s car while at a red light.
The driver is seen getting out of her vehicle again and says to Mr Vine: “I’m going to knock you out because that’s my personal belongings.”
The defendant is heard saying “don’t assault me” and “don’t hit me, that would be an assault” before Pearson gets back into her car.
He also claimed the defendant made a gun gesture to him with her fingers as their row continued.
Pearson was found guilty of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, having previously admitted to using a vehicle without a valid vehicle licence on the day in question.
Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Kunal Davé said afterwards: “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 safely get home, 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.”
Footage of the incident was uploaded to Mr Vine’s Facebook page where it was viewed by more than a million people. The court also heard it had received 15m views across the internet.
She was released on bail and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court at a date yet to be set.
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