A MAN who objected to a fellow driver smashed his windscreen with a golf club before driving off.

Craig Clark, of Maryhill, previously pleaded guilty to the incident on June 22 last year and to having an offensive weapon in public.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court was told that at 6.55am, the other driver was heading along Milngavie Road in Bearsden in the left-hand lane.

He went to pull into the right-hand lane and the agitated driver of a grey Mercedes sounded his horn.

The witness stopped and got out of the car, and Clark did the same.

"They exchanged words," heard the court.

Clark, 51, then went to his vehicle, got a golf club and swung it at the car, smashing the windscreen and front nearside window.

The court heard the damage was about £1000 in value.

The accused made off and was later traced by police.

He told officers: "He kicked my vehicle first. If he damaged my vehicle, I will damage his."

Defence solicitor Jonathan Paul, at a sentencing hearing on January 30, said the other man cut his client off.

Sheriff David Hall said: "One is as bad as the other. That's not not acceptable."

Mr Paul said: "The complainer was very, very aggressive."

The sheriff replied: "At one view he didn't let him in, and honked his horn, appearing aggressive.

"This was clearly a total overreaction."

He fined Clark and ordered him to pay compensation totalling £1040.