Di­rec­tor’s threat to mother in road crash

The Herald - - NEWS -

A COM­PANY di­rec­tor smashed into a fam­ily car and threat­ened to slap a moth­erof-three after a boozy lunch and golf out­ing at the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel.

Car dealer Christo­pher Dick­son left three young chil­dren scream­ing after writ­ing off their car be­fore vi­o­lently con­fronting their par­ents dur­ing the road rage in­ci­dent.

Dick­son then fled and ca­su­ally downed a glass of wine in front of po­lice when they ar­rived at his home to breathal­yse him.

Dick­son, who brazenly told his vic­tims he had been drink­ing all day, was found guilty of a series of charges yes­ter­day after a trial at Perth Sher­iff Court.

The 29-year-old, a di­rec­tor of fam­ily firm Dick­sons of Perth, was banned from driv­ing on an in­terim ba­sis and had sen­tence de­ferred for re­ports by Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade.

Wit­nesses Alexan­der and Ju­lia Ni­coll said Dick­son had driven his £40,000 Mer­cedes ag­gres­sively in Perth be­fore an in­ci­dent that wrote off their Ford Galaxy.

The cou­ple said that as they turned right from Mar­shall Place into Ed­in­burgh Road, Dick­son cut in front of them be­fore slam­ming on his brakes, caus­ing them to run into the back of his C-class es­tate.

They said Dick­son got out of his car, banged their win­dows and swore as their three chil­dren cow­ered in the back seats.

Mrs Ni­coll said Dick­son smelled of al­co­hol and bragged of his day-long binge drink­ing ses­sion be­fore threat­en­ing to give her a slap.

Con­sta­ble Mar­tin Buchan said they found Dick­son at his home, but said as he had con­sumed al­co­hol, of­fi­cers had to wait 20 min­utes to per­form a breath test to get an ac­cu­rate read­ing.

Dick­son, of Croft Park, Perth, ad­mit­ted dur­ing ev­i­dence he told Mrs Ni­coll he would slap her but claimed he was en­ti­tled to be­cause of the con­fronta­tion.

Sher­iff Wade found him guilty of drink-driv­ing on Fe­bru­ary 28. He was also found guilty of care­less driv­ing by caus­ing a crash, and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner by shout­ing, swear­ing and ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence.

The sher­iff noted Dick­son had a pre­vi­ous drink-driv­ing con­vic­tion from 2008 and de­ferred sen­tence.

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