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Unread 10-25-2007, 05:29 AM   #1
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A DRIVER spent two nights in jail after being accused of "revving his car in a racist manner".

Mechanic Ronnie Hutton, 49, yesterday described his court ordeal which finally ended when prosecutors dropped the allegation of racism.

But he was still convicted of a breach of the peace for revving the engine of his 25,000 Lotus.

Witnesses claimed he had been trying to intimidate a Libyan couple on the pavement. Ronnie, of Stirling, claims he was only revving the powerful V8 engine to avoid another 15,000 repair bill.

But off-duty Chief Inspector Eoin Jenkins thought he was targeting Muslim Isam Maigel and his wife Hana Saad.

And when Jenkins, now retired, confronted Ronnie he was told to "**** off".

On Thursday, at Stirling Sheriff court, the Crown ditched the racist part of the charge but Sheriff Andrew Cubie convicted Ronnie of breach of the peace and fined him 150.

Last night, he said: "To be convicted for revving my car in a busy street is hard to take. Does this mean anyone driving a noisy car is now a criminal?"

Following the row last September, police officers arrived at Ronnie's home and asked him to come with them to talk about the incident. He ended up being kept in a cell for two nights before being taken to court where he was released without charge.

He complained to the fiscal and the new charges surfaced months later. He said: "The police kept me in custody over the weekend because I made the mistake of swearing at a senior officer."

In court, Mr Maigel, 28, then a student at Stirling Uni, said: "The driver came alongside and was trying to annoy us by revving his engine very, very loudly."

Using an interpreter, Hana Saad, 23, said he had degraded them "maybe because we are Muslim".

Ronnie claims he was only trying to prevent the repeat of a engine problem he had suffered earlier with the Esprit.

He said: "I've had problems with the Lotus since I bought it. I paid 15,000 for a new engine in 2003.

"As soon as I started the car the oil pressure light wouldn't go out. I accept I revved the engine - it's a V8 twin turbo and is noisy and frightening.

"I would openly apologise to this couple. I am not a racist."

He is now considering an appeal against his conviction - and also plans to sell the Lotus. He said: "It has been nothing but trouble."
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What is the world coming to??
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Wow how many times have you been at a light with a motorcycle near by and heard them rev slightly? I don't know what it is about dudes on bikes but they feel the need to rev lol.

The oil pressure is a valid excuse to rev your engine. Another valid reason would be if you are loosing coolant pressure and you need to add pressure to get your thermostat to open .I had this problem on my old pontiac 6000. I just got used to revving the engine to cool it down. Good thing no one thought I was being a jerk to them.
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Which is more dumb?
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revving the powerful V8 engine to avoid another £15,000 repair bill
I didnt know engins spoke in arabic

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This has to be the most retarded thing i have ever heard. But i can believe it. The world is going to hell in a henbasket.
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Ok, so lemme get this straight: If someone has an old Inline six, with a single carb, blipping it at the light to keep it from choking on it's own fuel can get you arrested?


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If my I4 was on carb. I would be third on the list.
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