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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
DNA traps spitting road rage man
Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court
A road rage driver who spat at a woman motorist's car was traced by experts using DNA technology.

Michael Atkinson, 24, from Hartlepool, was sentenced to 200 hours community service on Tuesday and banned from driving for a year by town magistrates.

He admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour last October, when he spat at the woman's car.

The court heard the woman driver, who was not named, was terrified and locked the car during Atkinson's attack.

Magistrates were told Atkinson and the woman driver had almost collided.

Locked car

He followed the woman in his van and when she pulled over, he got out and became abusive. He swore and spat at the front window of the woman's car and kicked the rear brake light.

The court was told the woman was frightened and remained in her locked car throughout the attack.

Police took samples of saliva from the car window and traced Atkinson through his DNA. They also discovered he had been driving while disqualified.

After the hearing Atkinson said he would be willing to break the law and drive again to earn money.

He said: "It's my business. I have to drive to get to jobs."

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