Driver who swerved into cyclist admits dangerous driving

A driver who swerved his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist and knocked him to the ground has admitted dangerous driving.

Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th December 2017, 1:05 pm
Still from handout video issued by Essex Police of Ashley Merrett swerving his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist

Footage of the incident in Colchester, captured on dashcam, has been released by Essex Police.

The Ford Mondeo braked heavily near to the cyclist, who was with a friend, at which point the cyclist gestured at the driver.

The car then swerved into the cyclist, a man in his 30s, and knocked him to the ground.

Still from handout video issued by Essex Police of Ashley Merrett swerving his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist

The cyclist was taken to hospital for treatment but was not seriously injured.

The car drove off and driver Ashley Merrett, 30, was arrested later that day.

Merrett, of Mumford Close, West Bergholt, Essex, admitted dangerous driving, causing actual bodily harm and common assault, at Ipswich Crown Court, Essex Police said.

He appeared in court on December 18 and will be sentenced in February next year.

Still from handout video issued by Essex Police of Ashley Merrett swerving his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist

The incident happened at about midday on May 13 2016 in North Station Road, Colchester.