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Driver 'Deliberately' Swerves Into Puddle And Drenches Kid

Driver 'Deliberately' Swerves Into Puddle And Drenches Kid

The boy wearing a blue hoodie at the side of the road was completely soaked by the Golf

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

This is the moment a driver appeared to deliberately swerve into a puddle so they could drench a kid standing at the side of the road:

Ollie Wood was on his way to do some food shopping at Asda in Wigan, Greater Manchester, when he pulled up behind a dark blue Volkswagen Golf.

Travelling through a residential area, Ollie's dashcam footage shows the two of them driving carefully past parked cars on the pavement.

As the Golf came to the end of the parked cars, a boy 'in his early teens' wearing a blue hoodie was standing on the side of the road minding his own business.

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Apparently unprovoked, the Golf's driver - who had been in the middle of the road for most of the journey - appears to intentionally turn his car towards the footpath and into the puddle.

Thanks to the speed of the vehicle, muddy water flies into the air, covering the kid from head to toe as he tries and fails to protect himself from the deluge by hunching his shoulders.

Having passed the victim, the Golf then swerves back away from the kerb and speeds off into the distance without stopping.

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Ollie said: "The driver was an absolute idiot. You could see he went out of his way to soak the lad. I don't know what enjoyment you could get out of doing this to someone.

"The kid was just standing at the side of the road. By the looks of it the only thing he did wrong was being near a massive puddle.

"Someone's child would have come home that day drenched, for no reason whatsoever.

"I carried on to Asda but the Golf just sped off out of sight without a thought of looking back."

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Splashing someone on purpose is considered quite a serious offence and can lead to a hefty fine for those caught doing it.

While the majority of drivers convicted of deliberately splashing a pedestrian will receive a £100 fine and three penalty points, it could be as much as £5,000.

According to the Road Traffic Act 1988, a driver could be charged with 'careless and inconsiderate driving' if they drive a 'mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place'.

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