Driver who threatened Jeremy Vine jailed as police say it should serve as a 'warning' to road rage drivers

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BBC presenter Jeremy Vine leaves Isleworth Crown Court where Shanique Syrena Pearson, who was found guilty of threatening and abusing the presenter as he was cycling - PA

A driver who threatened BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has been jailed as police say it should serve as a “warning” to road rage drivers.

Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, threatened to knock out Mr Vine in an abusive rant seen by millions after a video clip posted online by the Radio 2 DJ went viral.

Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, of Notting Hill CID, said: "Road rage incidents like this are completely unacceptable.

"Threatening anyone with violence is unacceptable and a criminal offence. "I hope this sentence serves as a warning and important reminder that all road users should be respected and those that make violent threats will be found and brought before the courts."

Pearson was also seen making a 'gun' gesture at Mr Vine as he cycled home after presenting his daily Radio 2 show.

Mr Vine told a court he felt scared and feared for his safety as he was confronted by the furious motorist.

Mother-of-one Pearson appealed her conviction for one count of driving without reasonable consideration to other road users, and one of using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

But she lost her appeal at Isleworth Crown Court and she was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment.

Shanique Syrena Pearson Credit: PA

The altercation with Mr Vine took place last August when she was already serving a suspended sentence for theft, assault causing actual bodily harm and resisting arrest.

Judge Phillip Matthews told Pearson the suspended sentence would be activated.

Sentencing her, he said: "This is a bad case of loss of control by you, letting your anger take over. It has happened in the past."

For the offence of using threatening and abusive or insulting words or behaviour, involving Mr Vine, she was jailed for one month.

Vine arriving at Court in west London where Shanique Syrena Pearson, who was found guilty of threatening and abusing the BBC presenter  Credit: PA

For the charge of driving without reasonable consideration to other road users and a charge of driving without valid tax, to which she previously pleaded guilty, she received no separate punishment.

The court heard in October 2015, at Isleworth Crown Court she was sentenced to 14 months, suspended for 18 months for theft, assault causing ABH and resisting arrest for an offence dating back to December 2012.

She was stopped walking out of a shop in The Kings Road after being suspected of shoplifting, and kicked and bit the member of security and tried to bite a community police officer.

In mitigation the court heard since that offence she had become a mother and in the past had suffered domestic abuse.

On Tuesday the suspended sentence was reactivated and she was sentenced to eight months to run consecutively, giving her a total of nine months.

Pearson, of Vauxhall, south London, was also ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £130 but no order was made for the costs of the appeal.

The mum-of-one was heard crying as she was led from the dock to the cells to begin her sentence.

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