Driver fined for road rage attack on family

Essex County Standard: Driver fined for road rage attack on family Driver fined for road rage attack on family

A MAN has been fined after carrying out a road rage attack outside a McDonald’s.

Darren Francis, 24, attacked the Boulter family, from Colchester, after he was cut up on the roundabout leading to McDonald’s in Weeley.

Magistrates heard he followed them into the car park, got out and ran over to their car, punched David Boulter in the neck and pushed his wife Susan and daughter Natasha to the ground.

Francis, of Tokely Road, Frating, admitted three charges of assault by beating when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on yesterday.

Sharon Hall, prosecuting, said: “It appears the victims were involved in a road rage type incident with an Audi driven by the defendant.”

She said Mr Boulter, 65, suffered bruising and swelling, Susan, 52, had back pain while Natasha had a sore knee.

Paul Tipple, mitigating, said since the incident on October 6, Francis, a selfemployed gas technician who had no previous convictions, had suffered a mental breakdown and been treated for clinical depression.

He said: “The other car was in the wrong lane and made the wrong decision to come into McDonald’s.

“The defendant had to swerve out of the way.

“He accepts he was wound up by having been cut up. He maintains the other people in the car were making abusive gestures and he followed them to the car park.”

“This incident has had a devastating impact on him.

He is not able to work.

“His mum and dad said this is just completely out of character for him. He deeply regrets the incident.”

Dr Ilona Perkins-Van Mil, chairman of the bench, told Francis to pay fines, compensation and costs totalling £455.

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10:32am Thu 5 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

People just don't know how to use roundabouts they do not indicate when getting on a roundabout or when leaving it, they also get in the wrong lane so I think it's about time some of the idiot drivers had some sense beaten into them.
People just don't know how to use roundabouts they do not indicate when getting on a roundabout or when leaving it, they also get in the wrong lane so I think it's about time some of the idiot drivers had some sense beaten into them. Mind your own business

10:51am Thu 5 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

This roundabout is notorious. Having a roundabout like this on a 60mph bit of road was never going to work well.
This roundabout is notorious. Having a roundabout like this on a 60mph bit of road was never going to work well. Ritchie_Hicks

11:02am Thu 5 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

Road rage, take his driving licence away. Punching people, cut his hands off.
Depression is no excuse for hitting people
Road rage, take his driving licence away. Punching people, cut his hands off. Depression is no excuse for hitting people All_talk_no_action

11:29am Thu 5 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Poor driving standards are witnessed every day. People like the Boulters, should not have been confronted with violence. No matter how aggrieved Darren Frances was he should not have hit out!

Next time Darren, when someone cuts you up and they make rude gestures just wave back or ignore them. Of course on the other hand the old adage still works to this day and that is "don't get mad, get even".
Poor driving standards are witnessed every day. People like the Boulters, should not have been confronted with violence. No matter how aggrieved Darren Frances was he should not have hit out! Next time Darren, when someone cuts you up and they make rude gestures just wave back or ignore them. Of course on the other hand the old adage still works to this day and that is "don't get mad, get even". Say It As It Is OK?

1:51pm Thu 5 Dec 13

HARRY438 says...

He got away with it and is still keep his licence. What will happen when he makes a mistake? Youngsters are full of self righteous anger until they screw up and then it's all Mickey Mouse hand gestures. Unforgiving little tykes! IMO
He got away with it and is still keep his licence. What will happen when he makes a mistake? Youngsters are full of self righteous anger until they screw up and then it's all Mickey Mouse hand gestures. Unforgiving little tykes! IMO HARRY438

1:58pm Thu 5 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Bad driving (especially from owners of German cars) is so common in Essex that getting extremely wound up by it would surely make driving a chore. No excuse for getting violent...
Bad driving (especially from owners of German cars) is so common in Essex that getting extremely wound up by it would surely make driving a chore. No excuse for getting violent... wormshero

2:36pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Scoot says...

No he shouldn't have attacked the other party, but there again the other party should have been driving correctly and considerately. I am getting fed up with the standard of driving in (particularly) the Tendring area. People drive into car parks where there are 4 foot arrows pointing left and the words "left turn" in two foot letters also painted on the ground and ignore them and carry on (e.g Lidls car park before the building work and, would you believe it, McDonalds Weeley !). Indicators seem an optional extra but driving with front fog lamps on appears to prove you are a "real man". I could go on with my observations but the Gazette would have to publish a special edition, suffice to say would most people walk down a street with a loaded gun and fool around or not concentrate in such a way ? No, so why do it in a car, you can kill people just the same .
No he shouldn't have attacked the other party, but there again the other party should have been driving correctly and considerately. I am getting fed up with the standard of driving in (particularly) the Tendring area. People drive into car parks where there are 4 foot arrows pointing left and the words "left turn" in two foot letters also painted on the ground and ignore them and carry on (e.g Lidls car park before the building work and, would you believe it, McDonalds Weeley !). Indicators seem an optional extra but driving with front fog lamps on appears to prove you are a "real man". I could go on with my observations but the Gazette would have to publish a special edition, suffice to say would most people walk down a street with a loaded gun and fool around or not concentrate in such a way ? No, so why do it in a car, you can kill people just the same . Scoot

6:27pm Thu 5 Dec 13

tizwaz says...

better still have a camera on your car, back & front
better still have a camera on your car, back & front tizwaz

8:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

tizwaz wrote:
better still have a camera on your car, back & front
better still drive a BRITISH built landrover and dont take no cr&p from **** on roundabouts lol
just do your thing and other road rage idiots can bounce off down there own destructive ways - bye...
[quote][p][bold]tizwaz[/bold] wrote: better still have a camera on your car, back & front[/p][/quote]better still drive a BRITISH built landrover and dont take no cr&p from **** on roundabouts lol just do your thing and other road rage idiots can bounce off down there own destructive ways - bye... tomtheDJ

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