Man cleared of dangerous driving in Kidderminster

A 31-year-old man has been cleared of dangerous driving in a Kidderminster street.

James Barber denied a charge of driving his Peugeot along Chapel Street in Kidderminster town centre in a dangerous manner when he hit brothers Ricky and Luke Stokes, who were out drinking.

They came across Mr Barber, of Francis Street, Smethwick, and there was an argument. He drove off, clipping Luke Stokes on the leg and then doing a 360-degree turn and driving at Ricky, knocking him down but without causing any serious injuries. Luke Stokes told police it had been like something out of video game Grand Theft Auto, the court heard.

Mr Barber said he had been driving along when the brothers had attacked the car, punching the bonnet and windows and kicking the side.

He said he was frightened and had driven off, changing direction because he wanted to get away and mounting a grass verge. He said he was unable to avoid driving into one of the brothers, who ran out in front of him.


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