Motorist made gun sign at BBC presenter, court told
A FEMALE driver allegedly made a gun sign at BBC presenter Jeremy Vine after threatening to knock him down during an altercation with the cyclist on a narrow road, a court heard.
Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, is said to have formed a weapon with her fingers and cocked it at Mr Vine’s head as he pulled alongside her at a set of traffic lights, which he interpreted as a “serious threat”, Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court was told.
Pearson denies making the threat, claiming instead to have put her middle finger up at the presenter, who she thought was “a bit crazy” for following her after their initial row.
The alleged gesture followed a charged alterca- tion between the pair, captured by Mr Vine, 51, on the helmet camera he wears for the commute from his home in Chiswick, west London, to BBC offices near Oxford Circus.
The clip of the row in Hornton Street in Kensington, west London, on August 26, was posted online by Mr Vine and has since been viewed millions of times, he said.
The presenter was cycling in the middle of the narrow road which had parked cars on either side, but stopped after being hooted at by the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa behind.
In the clip played to the court, a high-pitched voice belonging to the female driver screams “Why would you do that?” while she gesticulates out of the car window.
A male voice, that of Mr Vine, can then be heard explaining that he needs a car’s width between him and the parked cars to cycle safely on the narrow street.
A host of swear words are then used by the female driver.
JEREMY VINE: Posted a video of the row online.