Video: Bus driver jailed after knocking down cyclist in Bristol
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A bus driver has been sentenced to 17 months in jail after deliberately swerving to knock down a cyclist in Bristol.
The incident occurred in April 2011, when Gavin Hill, 29, then a driver for Bugler Coaches, drove too close to cyclist Phillip Mead, 43, near the James Barton roundabout in Bristol.
According to the Telegraph, as the bus stopped, Mr Mead parked his bike in front of the bus and had an argument with Mr Hill over his driving.
As Mr Mead cycled off following the row, the bus driver attempted to overtake him, then sharply swerving and knocked Mr Mead off his bike.
The impact left the father-of-two with fractures to his left wrist and leg, which needed to be plated, as well as his thumb.
CCTV caught the incident on camera and Mr Hill pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm at Bristol Crown Court yesterday. He was also disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years, and has to sit an extended driving test.
According to the Metro, sentencing, Judge Mark Horton said: "This was not an accident, it was an assault, deliberate dangerous driving.
"You used that vehicle as a weapon to bully and intimidate the cyclist who, in the end, was struck by that bus."
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