Motorist Dean Goble accused of driving 'head-on' at cyclists
A motorist deliberately drove head-on at three cyclists to "scare the living daylights" out of them or run them off the road, a court has heard.
Dean Goble, 40, of Siddington near Cirencester, is accused of targeting the cyclists in separate incidents in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in 2014.
Swindon Crown Court was told his car swerved over the central line of the road making straight for the cyclists.
Mr Goble has denied three charges of dangerous driving.
Prosecutor Michael Butt told the court the three cyclists, David Jones, Jeremy Maiden and Amanda Adams, were each "minding their own business" when they were "approached head-on by a dark-coloured Peugeot 206".
Mr Butt said the evidence from the cyclists will make it plain "this was a deliberate act by a driver who either wished to scare the living daylights out of the cyclist or perhaps, even worse, run them off the road".
The incidents happened on 30 April on Ashton Road in Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire; on 7 May on an unclassified road between Ewen and Cirencester, Gloucestershire and on 8 May on High Road, Ashton Keynes.
The court was told the first incident was captured on a camera mounted on Mr Jones's helmet which shows the car swerving out of the way at the last minute and disappearing into the distance.
Mr Butt said that when Mr Goble was shown the footage he claimed he was manoeuvring around potholes in the road and there was no dangerous driving involved.
The court heard Mr Goble has denied being the person responsible for the other two incidents.
The trial continues.