Man flips car during argument with wife

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A Hampshire man has been convicted of causing a danger to road users after he caused the car he was travelling in to flip over on to its roof by applying the handbrake.

Steven Oldfield was a passenger in a car his wife was driving when an argument broke out over arrangements for picking up further passengers, as the pair headed towards Fratton train station in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that a disagreement over the plans escalated to the point where Oldfield began shouting at his wife, demanding to be let out of the car.

The Portsmouth News reports Judge Roger Hetherington as saying: "The argument got rather heated to the point you decided that you wanted the car to stop and you wanted to get out of the car, and so you shouted at your wife to stop the car.

"You shouted at her to stop the car and when she didn't you pulled on the handbrake sharply, causing the car to go out of control, hit a kerb and roll on to its roof in the middle of the street."

Oldfield was found guilty of causing a danger to other road users by interfering with a motor vehicle. In light of his lack of previous criminal convictions, he was given a 12-month community order, including 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Hetherington added: "It was fortunate indeed that someone was not seriously injured.

"Your wife was slightly injured. You yourself may have been slightly injured, but it was fortunate that no other bystanders or other vehicles were damaged or injured in any way.

"Nevertheless it was a highly irresponsible thing to have done, for which there was no excuse whatsoever, and it could have caused a very serious accident."