Driver acted in threatening manner
A FATHER-OF-SIX admitted acting in a threatening manner following a car crash while he was on the school run.
Harry Hazelby, 26, of Orchard Road, Otford, was involved in a car accident outside Costa coffee shop in Westerham on May 10, which resulted in an angry row with a female driver.
At Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court last Wednesday he pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.
David Applin, prosecuting, said: "Mr Hazelby was involved in a road traffic accident at 8.30am that morning with another vehicle and the police were called.
"He was very upset and agitated when they arrived and police got the other driver to move away as he got more aggressive. At one stage he went up to the lady calling her names and he said 'get your big black husband down here and I'll fight him'."
The incident happened while some of his children were in the vehicle.
He is natural father of two, and stepfather to four.
Hazelby's defence lawyer, Miss Elliott, said: "Mr Hazelby was that morning taking his children to school. He thought the other driver had deliberately driven into his vehicle and he called the police. He thought she drove into him instead of it being an accident.
"There was no actual violence used but his fists were clenched. He was merely upset and angry at the situation and his children were in the car.
"He accepts he should not have acted in the way he did and he would like to apologise to the court.
"The other driver said she 'would bring her husband down' and that he was a 'big black man'. That is where Mr Hazelby's comment came from."
Chairman of the bench Fiona Leathers sentenced Hazelby to a 12-month community order and 100 hours unpaid work as well as an £80 fine.