A MECHANIC got out of his car and took out a pole from his boot after a near-miss with another driver.

Aram Ahmed, 36, was driving a black Mercedes at speed onto Keppochhill Road, Springburn, when he nearly collided with another vehicle.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, prosecutor fiscal depute Victoria Keel said: “The accused exited his vehicle. He went to his boot and retrieved a metal pole. He brandished that at the man.”

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Ahmed’s lawyer explained that the complainer also stopped his vehicle and stated his client said he was racially abused.

He added: “He accepts his responsibility and the fact that he should have contacted police if he was racially abused. He is a mechanic and the pole he retrieved was a wrench.”

Sheriff Allan McKay said: “His record is not good. He’s clearly in the habit of doing this kind of stuff but it wasn’t a pole the last time, it was a knife.

“He’s at the very edge of a custodial sentence but there is an alternative. There was an alternative in this situation, he could have just driven away. I’m prepared to offer an alternative to custody with a restriction of liberty order.”

Ahmed was ordered to stay within his home address in Dalmarnock for 160 days between 8pm-6am for the first 40 days, 10pm-6am for the next 40 days, 11pm-5am for the next 40 days and 11pm-5am on Friday and Saturdays only for the final 40 days.