Coach driver sentenced for extraordinary road rage

Coach driver Matthew Smith, 32, has been sentenced today, after he saw red when a desperate passenger blocked his path with his car in a last-ditch attempt to get on board.

The court heard that Smith, of Bristol, was driving the rail replacement coach service from Bath's Dorchester Street Station, when the incident occurred in February this year.

CCTV footage shows Smith coolly getting out of his coach, going to the car, releasing the handbrake and then pushing it down the street in Bath, Somerset.

Then after climbing back into his coach, he speeds forward almost wiping out a passer-by who was watching these events unfold. In fact, Smith is so close that he clips the pedestrians backpack.

After admitting dangerous driving and using threatening language, Smith was handed a 12-month community order to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, an eight-week curfew and an electronic tag.

He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the man he drove at.

Amanda Chapman, chair of the bench said: "This was a nasty little incident really. I have never seen something quite like it on the television before."
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