Dobshill man loses security licence after road rage incident

Published date: 04 April 2014 |
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A SECURITY officer will lose his livelihood after a “foolish” road rage incident.

A driver was concerned that Darren Barrett, 33, was driving too close behind him and pulled into the forecourt of a petrol station at Dobshill to get out of the way.

Barrett, who by that stage had overtaken him, turned around and drove his Landrover Freelander to the patrol station, parking in such a way that he blocked the other driver’s exit.

He went over to the other vehicle and after some abuse was said to have grabbed him around the throat.

Barrett, of Woodlands, Chester Road, Dobshill, admitted assaulting  Andrew Cole, during the incident on the evening of January 31.

He claimed he had grabbed him by the shoulder and not the throat.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold yesterday he said he had been angered by Mr Cole’s driving, although the prosecution did not accept any bad driving on his part.

Barrett was told he should not set himself up as a traffic officer under any circumstances but was fully aware of the foolishness of what he had done.

He was fined £73 with £105 costs.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Mr Cole was driving home from his job in Llay and described being followed very closely by a Landrover for about five miles.

It overtook him at Dobshill and Mr Cole decided to turn into the petrol station to give the other driver plenty of time to leave the area as he felt uncomfortable at the way it was being driven.

But Barrett blocked the exit with his Landrover and got out and CCTV showed him walking across to the other car and open the door.

Barrett lent in and was seen to make a grabbing motion. He was verbally abusive towards Mr Cole.

Barrett then returned to his vehicle and drove way. His registration number was taken and he was traced by police.

He attended voluntarily for interview at Mold police station and said he had had a particularly long and stressful day.

Barrett criticised Mr Cole’s standard of driving and accepted going into the garage forecourt where he shouted and screamed at him.

Barrett accepted he was very angry and had lost his temper.

He denied grabbing Mr Cole by the throat and said he grabbed him by his shoulder.

He said he had not reported Mr Cole’s driving to the police because he felt he had dealt with it himself.

Mr Ellis said the prosecution did not accept his criticism of Mr Cole’s driving.

Euros Jones, defending, said the case had previously been adjourned to see if his client could have been cautioned, but that had been refused.

The case had had a devastating effect on Barrett who would lose his security licences because of a conviction for violence.

He had been due to start a four year security contract on a power line project from Llangollen to Corwen but that would now be lost.

The family had been saving for two years for a holiday in America n September of this year but he would not get an entry visa because of his conviction as a violent offender.

Mr Jones said he was disappointed the prosecution had refused to caution him.

He had no convictions for violence. It was a single blow in essence and he had shown remorse and he was devastated he had followed the other driver onto the forecourt.

“My client knows that he should not have done it,” Mr Jones explained.

Being in the security industry for many years he was so annoyed that he had made such an error which would cost him his livelihood.

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