Police referred motorist Ian Lowson, 41, to the driver improvement scheme but cyclist Richard Alan McDermott, 37, was charged and ended up in court.

A CYCLIST who was knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run collision attacked the driver and smashed his window with a D-lock.

Police referred motorist Ian Lowson, 41, to the driver improvement scheme but cyclist Richard Alan McDermott, 37, was charged and ended up in court.

York magistrates heard McDermott pursued Mr Lowson, tried to get him to stop and give his insurance details and when the motorist objected, pushed him around and smashed the passenger window of the 4×4 with his D-lock in a fit of temper.

His solicitor Kevin Blount said: “Had he (Mr Lowson) stopped at the scene, had he helped out, had he offered assistance, I am sure this would never have deteriorated to the level it did.

“There could be no conceivable way that the driver didn’t know he had hit the cyclist.”

McDermott, 37, of Fossway, York, pleaded guilty to criminal damage to the car and assaulting Mr Lowson and was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay the £150 cost of repairing the window.