A road rage driver was jailed today after spitting on a woman pedestrian.
Liam Gallagher, 21, threatened 37-year-old Julie Crummer, together with a friend she was with, after Mrs Crummer challenged his dangerous driving.
When the pair stood their ground, he gobbed at Ms Crummer before getting back in his car and fleeing the scene.
Falkirk Sheriff Court was told the incident happened about 8.30 pm on December 30th (2020), near Helix Park, Falkirk, home of The Kelpies horses' head sculptures.
Prosecutor Sean Maher said Ms Crummer, 37, had been walking with another woman, Nicola McLaren, towards Helix Park, when they noticed a black Vauxhall Astra driving at speed towards them in the 30 limit.
Mr Maher said: "The vehicle pulled level with them, continuing to drive at a speed both witnesses estimated to be 60 miles an hour on the wrong side of the carriageway.
"It then stopped abruptly, and another vehicle had to swerve to avoid a collision.
"It then proceeded to reverse at speed, mount the pathway, and drive off at speed again.
"Both witnesses presumed the car was leaving, but it made a U-turn, stopped next to Ms Crummer, and the driver rolled down his window."
Ms Crummer asked the driver, who was Gallagher, "Mate, what are you doing driving like that?"
Gallagher replied: "I'm going to punch f*** out of you."
He got out and approached Ms Crummer "with his arms wide, in a challenging manner".
Mr Maher, the depute fiscal, said: "Both women stood their ground and the accused proceeded to spit, striking Ms Crummer's left arm, before getting back in his vehicle and leaving at speed."
Ten minutes earlier, Gallagher had been seen leaving his mother and stepfather's home in Braemar Drive, Falkirk, where he had admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour.
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He'd smashed a lantern and glass in picture frames and told his mother and stepdad "I'll f****** murder you all", leaving his mother "extremely shaken and upset" during a row about money for a broken mobile phone.
Another driver, who'd come across Gallagher's car blocking the road in Braemar Drive, said Gallagher had threatened to "do him in", and Gallagher was also seen to spit at a male pedestrian there before driving away at speed.
Appearing by video link, Gallagher, of Falkirk, pleaded guilty on indictment to assault, dangerous driving, and statutory breach of the peace.
He also admitted assaulting and injuring a man with a broken flower pot in Bainsford, Falkirk, on April 4th this year (2021) then kicking the wing mirror of a car belonging to a neighbour of the man he attacked and telling the innocent neighbour, "I'm going to put petrol through your letterbox".
Solicitor Simon Huchison, defending, said: "What we have, effectively, are two instances of ridiculously bad behaviour by Mr Gallagher."
Sheriff Simon Collins QC jailed Gallagher for 16 months, and disqualified him from driving for two years.
He said: "There is no alternative to a custodial sentence."