Defendant to be tried by Misdemeanours Court for flashing middle finger, assaulting another woman
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Dubai: A woman, who used someone else’s driving licence after she indulged in a road rage incident and showed her middle finger to another woman, has been jailed for three months.
The American woman was driving back to her residence at Palm Jumeirah when the 47-year-old Russian woman overtook her in a reckless manner and she was jumping lanes inattentively in May 2016.
The Russian woman jumped several lanes in a reckless manner before the American used the horn to warn the Russian to drive more safely at 9pm.
The 47-year-old swerved her car in front of the American’s vehicle and pulled over, forcing the latter to stop in the middle of the road.
Then she jumped out of her car, assaulted the American and flashed her middle finger in her face.
On Tuesday, the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced the Russian woman in absentia after she had failed to show up in court and enter a plea.
Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal acquitted the defendant of impersonating her friend during the police investigation.
Presiding judge Jamal also referred the Russian to the Misdemeanours Court where she will be prosecuted for flashing her middle finger in public, assaulting the victim and risking her life while driving.
The accused will be deported following the completion of her punishment.
Records said another passenger, who was sitting beside the Russian during the incident, came out of the vehicle, approached the American and asked her to forgive her friend for her rowdy behaviour because she was drunk.
Police were summoned to the site after the American complained and the 47-year-old was apprehended and taken in for questioning.
The American said the incident happened while the accused repeatedly jumped lanes in a dangerous way.
“After I honked, she provocatively slammed the brakes in front of me … then she blocked my way and forced me to bring my vehicle to a complete halt. Then she came straight to me, assaulted me and flashed her finger indecently. A woman who was accompanying the defendant came and pulled her back … then she apologised on her behalf and told me she was drunk,” she said.
The Russian defendant told prosecutors that she got into a fit of road rage with the American and admitted that she used her friend’s driving licence because she had previous records with the police.