Motorist who drove at traffic warden is spared jail

THOMAS CHAPMAN ... drove his car at a traffic warden.
THOMAS CHAPMAN ... drove his car at a traffic warden.

A MAN who drove at a traffic warden narrowly missing his leg, has been spared jail.

Thomas Chapman became upset after a traffic warden asked him to move his car.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the 41-year-old, of Kingsley Avenue, South Shields, was in his car at Tesco, in South Shields, on May 29, last year, when a traffic warden told him he couldn’t park there.

Mr Richard Herman, prosecuting, said: “Chapman then became abusive, making a gesture with his hand.”

The warden, deciding to take down the car’s details, moved in front of the vehicle.

“Chapman then drove the car towards the warden, scuffing past his leg, but causing no damage. “

Chapman pleaded guilty to causing public disorder and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months and a 12-month supervision order.