Angry driver ‘drove at traffic warden’ over ticket

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court
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A RAGING driver drove down a pavement at a traffic warden after she put a ticket on his car, a court heard.

Shafiq Latif missed Dundee City Council warden Maureen Feuntos by a matter of “inches” after she put a £30 fine on his vehicle in Dundee’s Strathmartine Road.

Latif had bumped his car up on the pavement opposite an RBS bank branch beside the city’s Kingsway dual carriageway.

Miss Feuntos then imposed the fine because his Peugeot 207 was on double yellow lines.

He returned to the car as she stood nearby.

Then, in an incident captured on the warden’s body camera, Latif revved his engine and drove at her “to give her a fright”.

Fiscal depute John Adams told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The complainer is a traffic warden and was carrying out her duties at the time.

“She was working at the locus and saw the accused’s car which had two wheels on the pavement and was on double yellow lines.

“She placed the ticket on the windscreen then stood two metres away with her back against a wall.

“The accused then returned to his car and revved the engine then drove towards the lady.

“The car missed her by inches and appears to have been driven at her to give her a fright.”

In the CCTV footage Miss Feuntos is heard saying: “Really? That was on camera - can we get the police for that?”

Latif, 33, of Baldovan Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of dangerous driving committed on November 10 last year.

Scott Norrie, defending, said: “He’s married and is a family man.

“He drove in a semi circle towards her.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC imposed a fine of £600 and banned Latif from the road for a year.

She said: “This lady was just doing her job.

“She had her body against the wall and you missed her by inches which makes this serious.”