A woman driver tho threatened to knock out Jeremy Vine during a road rage drama has been jailed
Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, launched a foul-mouthed rant and made a gun gesture at Mr Vine as he cycled home from presenting his Radio 2 show.
The broadcaster captured the incident on his helmet camera last August. In the footage the mother-of-one was heard threatening to knock out the journalist and screamed insults at him.
During today’s appeal hearing, Crimewatch presenter Mr Vine told how he felt threatened in the altercation.
Giving evidence at Isleworth Crown Court he said: “I felt I was in danger. I felt I was dealing with a violent person.”
He had stopped after being honked at by a driver in a Vauxhall Corsa as he cycled in a side street in Kensington, west London.
In the footage Pearson can be heard swearing at Mr Vine, who tries to explain he was riding down the centre of the narrow street for safety in case a driver opened a car door.
She then appeared to kick at his bike.
I felt I was in danger. I felt I was dealing with a violent person
Pearson, of Vauxhall, south London, was convicted by Hammersmith magistrates on February 1 for driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
She admitted using inappropriate language and pushing Mr Vine’s bike.
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Shanique Syrena Pearson launched a foul-mouthed rant and made a gun gesture at Mr Vine
But during her appeal she claimed Mr Vine’s evidence that she made a gun symbol at him with her hand during the incident was not truthful.
Her lawyer James O’Keeffe suggested the BBC stalwart had racially stereotyped Pearson “as a black person with a gun”.
Mr Vine rejected Mr O’Keeffe’s suggestion that filming the incident had been provocative and “creepy”.
Dismissing Pearson’s appeal, Judge Phillip Matthews said: “There is not a shred of evidence to support the unfortunate assertion that Mr Vine’s actions were in any way racially motivated.”
Mr Vine told how he felt threatened in the altercation in today's appeal hearing
At the time of the offence, Pearson was already serving a suspended sentence for theft, assault and resisting arrest.
She cried when the judge activated the suspended sentence and jailed her.
“This was a bad case of loss of control by you, letting your anger take over. It has happened in the past,” he told her.
Mr Vine did not comment as he left court.