A road rage incident where a driver threatened to stab another motorist in Inverness led to a court appearance for a 33-year-old Beauly man.
Inverness Sheriff Court was told yesterday that Kevin Finlayson, of High Street, followed Jacob Pruchnik from the city centre after an earlier incident there to Ord Terrace about 3.30pm on July 21 last year.
Fiscal depute Ross Carvel told Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood that Finlayson got out of his vehicle and started shouting at Mr Pruchnik saying he should learn to drive.
“Thereafter he threatened to slash him and stab him and said ‘I know where you live’.”
Later the same day approaching midnight Finlayson was stopped by police for drink driving in Church Street and was more than three times the legal limit.
He admitted behaving in a threatening manner and uttering threats of violence to Mr Pruchnik and driving with excess alcohol.
Defence solicitor Mike Munro said the other driver had cut Finlayson off in the city centre and as a result he drove behind him to Ord Terrace.
“He behaved in this unacceptable manner but it was not drink induced. He is totally embarrassed.”
He added that the two incidents were nine hours apart.
Sheriff Fleetwood ordered Finlayson to carry out 125 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for two years and three months as it was his second similar offence.