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Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 16:25 GMT
Teenager in court over road rage claims
Flintshire Magistrates Court
The case was heard by Flintshire magistrates
Flintshire magistrates have warned a north Wales teenager who was involved in a road rage incident with a mini bus driver that he could face jail.

The court heard how Christopher Harris from New Brighton near Mold was in an accident with a mini bus being used as a taxi.

After the accident, the same mini bus was called to an address in Mynydd Isa where the driver was attacked.


The taxi pulled up, two men went to the front, two men went to the back, and Harris threw a bottle in through the open window on the driver's side

Andrew Warman, Prosecuting solicitor

Harris admitted two public order offences following the disturbance in September 2001.

The court heard that 18-year-old Harris was driving in Chamber's Lane, Bryn-y-Baal.

He came up behind a mini bus that was being used as a taxi and overtook it.

Then there was an incident which led to the accident .

Drove Off

"There was a collision between the front of the mini bus and the rear of the car the defendant was driving," Andrew Warman, the prosecuting solicitor said.

Shortly afterwards the car pulled in and it was then alleged that it was driven into the back of the mini bus.

As a result, the driver Stephen Anthony Taylor, got out of his vehicle.

It was alleged that Harris was aggressive and pulled out a golf club which he waved threateningly towards him.

It was claimed the defendant was shouting "Do you want this?" and "You are having it."

Mr Taylor got back into the vehicle and drove off.

Prosecution Allegations

Later, the taxi firm received a call to Mynydd Isa and it was Mr Taylor who was sent there.

Mr Warman said: "The taxi pulled up, two men went to the front, two men went to the back, and Harris threw a bottle in through the open window on the driver's side.

"The bottle brushed past Mr Taylor and hit the inside pillar on the passenger side."

Mark Arden, defending the teenager said that Harris accepted the majority of the prosecution allegations.

He admitted having a golf club but denied making the threats, and he accepted that he had thrown a bottle through the open window.

Mr Arden said that he would not go into the rights and wrongs of the accident at this stage and said that a pre-sentence report would be very helpful for the court.

Magistrates adjourned the case, but warned him he could face jail.

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