A champion Wellington road cyclist is relieved a driver who damaged his $8000 bike in a road rage attack has been banned from driving.
Road and track rider Lee Evans, 22, was in a small group of riders on the narrow Shelly Bay Rd, on September 3 last year, when IT specialist Jeremy Mark Glubb drove close in his Toyota, nearly touching Mr Evans' leg.
Moments later, Mr Evans had fallen to the ground and his expensive bike lay beneath Glubb's reversing car.
Glubb, 42, pleaded guilty yesterday to dangerous driving and assault using a car as a weapon.
However, he escaped conviction and was instead disqualified from driving for eight months, ordered to do 150 hours' voluntary work with the Red Cross and pay $1500 reparation to Mr Evans.
At sentencing in Wellington District Court, Judge Carrie Wainwright said she wrestled long and hard with the decision. Police wanted a conviction entered against Glubb.
He was at the very margins of what could be dealt with by a discharge without conviction, the judge said.
The court was told how Mr Evans yelled at Glubb and squirted a drink bottle when Glubb swerved towards the cyclist.
Glubb stopped his car and reversed towards Mr Evans.
Glubb later told police he only wanted to scare Mr Evans but the car's brakes locked and it skidded and hit the bike, which ended up under the back of his car. Mr Evans fell to the ground.
Mr Evans told The Dominion Post he had tried and failed to squirt Glubb through his car window which "maybe infuriated him".
He was with a group of cyclists who called police.
"I've had problems with drivers before, but that was the first time anyone called the police. I had never been assaulted before that. He took it to the next level."
Mr Evans, who was a New Zealand representative during a 2010 road race tour in Tahiti, was pleased with the judge's decision.
"To get him off the road, it's going to make him think and the word will spread."
Judge Wainwright said Glubb had succumbed to road rage.
Glubb was an information technology professional with contracts with government and other agencies. His career would, in effect, be terminated if he was convicted, the judge said.
His character was such that Judge Wainwright decided it was a one-off incident.
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