Driver tries to run down man after he gave her the finger

A MOMENT of road-rage madness has earned Aleisha Ann Lane, 30, a suspended jail sentence after she appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

The Hervey Bay woman was driving along Point Vernon's Murphy St in a blue Holden sedan on December 2 last year when she spotted a man she had previously had "bad blood" with, police prosecutor Nicole Kunkel told the court.

As she drove by, he gave Lane "the finger" and she turned the car around to confront the man.

The court heard Lane had then driven directly at the man, who rode up on to the pavement to get out of the way of her car.

Undeterred, Lane then mounted the footpath and drove along the grass for several metres in an attempt to hit the cyclist, the court was told.

The man managed to avoid the vehicle.

She then yelled abuse out of the window while the man took refuge in a nearby yard.

The man made a complaint to police, who went and inspected the scene of the incident, taking note of tyre marks on the road and skid marks on the grass where the crime happened.

When they spoke with Lane about the incident, they asked for her licence and found it had expired on November 29.

She was charged with unlicensed driving in addition to the charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Lane, who represented herself in court, apologised to magistrate Stephen Guttridge for her actions.

"I won't be doing that again," she said.

Magistrate Guttridge told Lane she had used her vehicle as a weapon and that her actions could only result in a prison sentence.

Magistrate Guttridge sentenced her to nine months' jail, wholly suspended for three years. He disqualified Lane from driving for 12 months and fined her $150.

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