A motorist who blocked the path of a police officer and opened her car door has narrowly escaped losing his licence.
Risalat Mahmood, 22, of Fletcher Road, Deepdale, Preston, pleaded guilty to a public order offence and careless driving at Preston Crown Court.
The court heard Mahmood was in the Blackburn area and had spoken to the officer before she visited members of his family at their home in the town. However, once PC Walsh left the family home in her patrol car, she noticed Mahmood driving very closely behind her.
Mahmood then overtook the officer, into oncoming traffic, before stopping in her path a metre or two in front of her car. The officer was forced to stop and Mahmood got out of his car and approached her vehicle.
Judge Robert Altham, sentencing, said: “She was doing nothing more than fulfilling her duty as a police officer.
“She was in a vulnerable position being seated and seatbelted into her car. You opened her door. She would have been in no position at all to defend herself had you chosen to attack her.
“Understandably she feared you were about to attack her. You were aggressive towards her - you had your fists clenched and you made it clear by what you were saying that you were hostile towards her.
“You shouted at her but ultimately you did not in fact commit any violence on her.”
Mahmood closed the door of the police car and drove off again in his own car.
Judge Altham sentenced him to an 18 month community order with 18 months supervision and 150 hours unpaid work.
He also added nine penalty points to his licence.