A MOTORIST ploughed into two people on a busy Saturday afternoon – seconds after a group of men kicked his car and threatened him.
Married dad-of-one Stephan Kruger, 37, of Broadgate, Preston, mounted the pavement on Church Street, Preston, in his Ford Focus.
One of the youths he hit fell into the Refreshment Village takeaway, smashing its window, while the other rolled over the bonnet.
Kruger pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Preston magistrates heard he was waiting at the junction of Church Row in Preston as he went to pick his wife up from work.
A group of men crossing the road walked into his car.
The bench heard Mr Kruger “remonstrated” with them. The men, joined by others, swore at him, challenged him and shouted abuse.
In a statement Kruger said he had been scared. When he got back in his car the men started kicking the door.
Prosecuting, Phillippa White said CCTV showed Kruger mounting the pavement “in pursuit of the men”.
She added: “It’s aggressive driving quite clearly – to mount the pavement and drive towards people, can’t be described in any other way.”
Defending, Michael Leech said he had panicked when the group chased him and had been provoked.
He added: “There were no complaints made by those at the scene. It was the defendant who called police.
“It is a much overused phrase, a few moments of madness, but I’m sure you will come to that conclusion.”
“This was a man who found himself, through no fault of his own, in a position getting out of control and he drove off in a dangerous way to escape.”
The case is adjourned to July 16.
Irfan Patel, of the Refreshment Village, said: “It could have been much worse.”