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A mum deliberately mounted a kerb and drove her car at a gang of teenagers because she believed one of them was bullying her son.

Carole Bieler’s actions forced the teen to push his girlfriend out of the way of the oncoming car then jump on its bonnet to avoid being mowed down.

Derby Crown Court heard how after the boy got down from the front of her Hyundai and swore at the 51-year-old who drove off laughing.

Now Bieler has been spared an immediate prison term for her actions as she is sole carer for her son.

And the hearing was told she still denies carrying out the act deliberately despite being found guilty of dangerous driving at trial.

Handing her a 15-month jail term, suspended for two years, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “What you did that day was terrible and the consequences could have been even worse than they were.

“You drove deliberately towards youngsters and one of them had to push his girlfriend out of the way of your oncoming car.

“He then had to take evasive action by jumping on to the bonnet of your car to avoid being hit by you.

“This was not only a serious matter but a frightening one for him and all of those people who witnessed it.”

Faye Mellor, prosecuting, said the offence took place at around 3.30pm on March 23 in Heanor Market Place.

Miss Mellor said the victim and his friends were waiting for a bus near a shop called Crackers when Bieler arrived in her car to confront him over allegations he had bullied her son, although she denies the incident was about her son being bullied or that she drove the car at the group deliberately.

Miss Mellor said: “She was clearly angry, shouting at several members of the group, before reversing her car the wrong way into a one-way street, mounting the kerb and heading towards the group.

“The victim pushed his girlfriend out of the way of the oncoming car and took evasive action to get on to the bonnet to avoid being hit.

“He accepts he then swore at the defendant who reversed her car and was then seen by witnesses driving off laughing.

“People were also shouting at her saying words to the effect of ‘You could have killed us’.”

Miss Mellor said the police were called and interviewed Bieler, of Ridgeway, Marlpool, who told officers ‘I drove towards them on the kerb but I did not hit any of them’.

She was then charged with dangerous driving, which she denied, but was found guilty at a trial.

Richard Veni, for Bieler, said: “She is ashamed, not of the driving because she still denies that, but she is ashamed she has put her family through the court process.”

Judge Shant also disqualified Bieler from driving for 12 months telling her: “You are the sole carer of a young child about to embark on his GCSE year and imprisonment will deprive him of that care over that period.”

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