Road rage driver who made “gun gesture” at Jeremy Vine faces jail

Shanique Pearson

A driver who made a gun gesture at Jeremy Vine during a road rage attack is now facing jail.

Shanique Syrena Pearson, was filmed on CCTV as she jumped out of her car and shouted at the veteran TV personality.

Mr Vine captured the attack on a camera fitted to his helmet, which he uses everyday as he cycles from Chiswick to BBC Broadcasting House.

Mr Vine feared for his safety

Jeremy told the court in Hammersmith that he feared for his life during the attack.

District Judge Timothy King found Shanique guilty of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and also using threatening behavior against Mr Vine.

Shanique had also admitted driving an unlicensed vehicle.

Previous convictions

Pearson, who already has a line of previous convictions against her, rolled her eyes and the decision was announced.

The single mother then left court and told awaiting press that she was “not happy”.

Pearson and her past convictions

The court heard that Pearson had already been given a suspended sentence for causing actual bodily hard in 2012. She now faces a jail term after this recent incident.

Gun violence

During the trial, James O’Keeffe, who was defending Pearson said she was “shocked and angry” when Mr Vine stopped abruptly in front of her.

He made the suggestion that Shanique simply used her middle finger against him, making the accusation that he used a racial stereotype.

He suggested the TV presenter may have mistook her putting her middle finger up for a gun gesture, and accused him of using a racial stereotype.

Mr O’Keeffe also suggested Mr Vine posted the video to gather Facebook likes.

Pearson, of Vauxhall, south-west London, denies driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

She pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle without a valid tax disc.

She will be sentenced at a later date at Isleworth crown court.

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