Director’s threat to mother in road crash
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.