Hailsham driver fined after ‘intimidating group of cyclists’ on A27

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A driver who tried to intimidate a group of cyclists on the A27 has been ordered to pay almost £1,000, police have said.

Oliver McDonald was travelling eastbound on the A27 near Alfriston when he first clashed with a pair of cyclists who were riding side by side, police said.

Police said the 42-year-old sounded the horn of his silver BMW X3 and after one of the cyclists gestured at him, McDonald pulled in front of them and performed an emergency stop, forcing them to skid.

According to police McDonald thought about confronting the cyclists but changed his mind and sped away from the cyclists and found himself behind a third member of the group, who was about half a mile ahead of the others.

Police said as he passed Berwick he overtook the cyclist at speed, just inches away from the handlebars. The incident, on 3 July 2013, was captured on footage being recorded by the rider, police said.

PC Nigel Dunn said: “Had the rider moved position in the road the BMW would have collided with the cyclist and undoubtedly caused fatal or at the very least life-changing injuries for the rider.

“McDonald deliberately tried to intimidate all three cyclists and could have left any one of them with very serious injuries.

“We will not tolerate any driving of this kind and would urge anyone who experiences it to report it. Don’t get dragged into a confrontation with another road user, get in touch with us.”

McDonald, of Station Road, Hailsham, was found guilty of careless driving by magistrates. He was fined £200, ordered to pay £650 costs and a £30 victim surcharge and had four points put on his licence.

The incident was captured on video. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcGMcWqf53g.

If you see someone driving or riding antisocially, report it at www.operationcrackdown.co.uk or send a text to 85999.

If you think someone is driving dangerously, call 999 when it is safe to do so.