A woman who deliberately ran down three teenagers after one of them hurled a milkshake at her car is facing jail.
Catherine Sutherland was called to a McDonald’s restaurant in Dundee city centre to pick up a young family member who had been in an argument with the group.
She parked up and got out of her car to remonstrate with the teenagers – an altercation caught on camera by an onlooker across the street.
Footage played at Dundee Sheriff Court showed one of the youngsters spitting on her car after she got back into it.
Another then hurled a milkshake at the vehicle.
Sutherland backed up and pointed her motor at a group of four children before mounting the pavement and deliberately driving at them.
Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told the court Sutherland had struck three of them – a 13-year-old boy and two girls aged 15 and 13 – throwing them back across the pavement towards a building.
She said: “She was upset and she got out of the car and confronted the complainers and an argument ensued.
“The accused then got back in the car and closed the door.
“One of the group then approached and spat on her windscreen and a milkshake was then thrown over the front passenger seat.
“The accused reversed a few feet and come to a stop.
“She accelarated forward and turned towards the group and mounted the pavement.
“She drove towards them and struck all three, throwing them backwards towards a building.
“The male complainer was seen hobbling towards a doorway and was also observed holding his leg.
“The accused then exited her car and began to argue with the youths.
“Police and ambulance were thereafter called.” The court heard two of the children were taken to hospital but released after being treated for minor injuries.
Sutherland, 35, of Finlaggan Terrace, Dundee, pled guilty on indictment to a charge of assault to injury committed on December 4 last year in the city’s Reform Street.
Defence solicitor Doug McConnell said: “The youngster was effectively being bullied by a group of youths and she was called to attend.
“When she arrived she got out of the car and remonstrated.
“All she got was a torrent of abuse. She got in to the car and she just loses it.
“This group wasn’t scared of her – they were trying to provoke in that they were shouting and harassing her and her family in the car.
“It is no excuse but something just snapped.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until later this month for social work background reports and released Sutherland on bail.