Wed, 15 Jan 2020
A FURIOUS motorist rammed another vehicle in a frenzied road-rage attack in Theale.
A district judge said it was lucky no one was seriously injured or killed as the 27-year-old defendant slammed into the other driver’s car with his van, causing more than £1,000-worth of damage.
In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court last Thursday was Thomas Owen Patten, of Christy Court, Tadley.
Anne Sawyer-Brandish, prosecuting, said victim Brendan Bunker was driving with a passenger on board at Theale, heading towards the M4 motorway, when the altercation happened.
She added: “Mr Bunker noticed a white Transit van very close.
“It pulled level with his car and he saw the driver was gesticulating and shouting at him.
“As he drove towards a roundabout the van suddenly swerved in front of his vehicle then came to a sudden stop.
“Mr Patten got out of his van and ran towards Mr Bunker’s vehicle.”
Mr Bunker managed to swerve around the furious van driver, who began a fresh pursuit, the court heard.
Ms Sawyer-Brandish went on: “Suddenly a loud bang could be heard.
“Mr Bunker was then able to pull in front of the van and there was a verbal exchange.
“Two minutes later the defendant drove off.”
District judge Davinder Lachhar remarked: “It’s lucky that person wasn’t seriously injured or killed. This was very dangerous.”
Mr Patten told the court: “I was undergoing depression at the time and was being treated at the doctor’s.
“Things have got a lot better since the incident and I’m in a much better situation.”
Gianpaulo Damiani, defending, suggested the court might want pre-sentence reports to be prepared on his client.
District judge Lachhar concurred and ordered a probation report, saying: “I don’t have custody in mind but possibly unpaid work or something else.”
Mr Patten was released on unconditional bail while the reports were prepared.