Road Rage Driver Jailed for Throwing Coffee at Car

A court has sentenced a driver to three months in prison after he repeatedly brake-checked another motorist before throwing a cup of coffee at his windshield during a rush-hour road-rage incident last month.

The 29-year-old, identified only by the surname Su, pled guilty to one count of reckless driving during a public hearing at Beijing Chaoyang People's Court today, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.

According to the report from the lower court in Beijing's Chaoyang District, Su accepted a detention sentence of three months as well as a 6,000-renminbi ($901) fine.

He is not expected to appeal the verdict handed out by the primary court.

The "brake-test coffee-throwing case," as it was dubbed by Chinese media, generated much interest on social media platforms after dashcam footage from the other driver's car was released.

A hashtag on China's Twitter-like service Weibo about Su's sentence has been read 110 million times at the time of writing.

Video belonging to a 35-year-old Beijing resident identified only as Wang shows Su's black Volkswagen sedan cutting abruptly in front before repeatedly brake-testing him just before 9 a.m. local time on September 21.

Wang speeds up and gives chase, but Su changes lanes to block his path, the footage shows.

Wang fails to overtake Su, who, while driving alongside, throws coffee at Wang's windscreen, covering it in liquid and obstructing his view of the road during morning rush hour.

The road-rage incident began after Su's VW and Wang's Volvo both attempted to merge into the same northbound lane on Anding Road a few moments earlier.

Su turned himself in the next day following a call by district police. Wang was also brought in for questioning, the report added.

Chaoyang People's Court said Su "neglected traffic laws" and "failed to properly handle" what he perceived as a traffic violation by Wang, instead "pursuing and racing" him on the streets of Beijing.

The court said it handed Su a lenient sentence owing to the fact that he had turned himself in voluntarily and admitted to the offense.

Wang was also fined an undisclosed amount for his part in the incident, but the court did not list his precise traffic violations.

Su previously told Beijing-based news portal Yidian Zixun he was "in the wrong" and that he would accept whatever punishment was handed to him.

In the interview, he also offered to apologize to Wang and "compensate" him for the incident.

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