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Chippenham manager fined and banned from driving after road rage incident

Chippenham manager Mike Cook has been fined £500 and banned from driving for six months after a road rage incident with a cyclist.

Back in December, he pleaded not guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court to driving his BMW X3 vehicle dangerously. He elected a jury trial at Gloucester Crown Court.

But on Wednesday, during his appearance at the crown court, he admitted to a not as serious charge of careless driving on the 30th of November 2018, by deliberately forcing a cyclist off the road, a plea accepted by the prosecution.

The court heard when Cook overtook the cyclist, he drove very close to him and shouted at him as he drive on by.

Traffic meant that the cyclist caught up with the former Gloucester City boss as the road narrowed and a Land Rover coming in the opposite direction had to brake suddenly in overtaking the cyclist.

Witnesses said Cook drove at the cyclist and was effectively using his car as a weapon. Certainly doesn’t look good when you picture that in your head.

Cook is said to have been frustrated with the cyclist as he was in a rush to get home having been on a train for over three hours.

Judge Michael Cullum handed Cook six points on his licence, but after already getting six points on his licence from previous motoring offences, he reached the 12 points liable to a minimum six months, which he was given. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

All that road rage, only for the Chippenham manager to end up getting fined and banned, think he’s regretting that one!

(The feature photo for the article was taken by Instagram user and Blog writer TheLongBallBlog)

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