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X Factor star crashes car after lobbing peanuts at driver in road rage row

This is the stunning second X Factor contestant Matt Linnen crashes his car throughout a livid road rage row with one other driver.

He was given a suspended jail sentence for throwing a espresso cup and peanuts at Dominic Eaton earlier than the pair ended up hurtling right into a hedge collectively.

Linnen admitted to lobbing the objects in on the A1 at Great Ponton, Lincolnshire on his means dwelling from a charity gig in Durham.

He denied harmful driving however the X-Factor 2017 semi-finalist was convicted by a jury who noticed dashcam footage of the crash in 2018.

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The trial at Crown Court heard how Linnen, 30, grew to become enraged after Eaton minimize him up on the road in his silver Ford.

Matt Linnen Lincoln Crown Court
Matt Linnen, 30, denied harmful driving however was convicted by a jury (Picture: John Aron Photography)

The musician informed the courtroom he needed to slam on the breaks and began shouting at Eaton, 38.

He mentioned he ‘put a thumbs up sarcastically in his direction’ earlier than Eaton ‘seemed to lose the plot.’

The jury noticed Linnen’s Citoren Picasso dashing forward earlier than his adversary stored on driving proper behind his bumper at excessive speeds.

Linnen mentioned he ‘wasn’t considering straight’ when he threw the objects at his rival’s car however insists he was ‘trying to get rid of him’.

He added: ‘I felt he was trying to scare me. He had already veered close to me.’

The Ford then pulls alongside Linnen, spins to the aspect and ploughs into the opposite car.

Shocking footage shows the moment X Factor star Matt Linnen crashed his car after a furious road rage row with another driver. The 30-year-old overtook Dominic Eaton on the A1 at Great Ponton, Lincolnshire, before throwing a coffee cup and peanuts in anger at him tailgating. Provider: ViralHog
Jurors noticed road rage feud which led to the terrifying crash (Picture: ViralHog)

Eaton’s automobile rolled over in the course of the smash however he managed to flee unhurt along with his younger little one, the Sun experiences.

Linnen, of Westcliff on Sea, Essex, additionally obtained out of his car with out getting injured.

He was given a six month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months alongside and must full 50 hours of unpaid work.

The singer was additionally banned from driving for a yr and informed to pay £1,400 in prosecution prices.

The jury heard how he had a clear driving licence after passing his check eight years in the past.

Shocking footage shows the moment X Factor star Matt Linnen crashed his car after a furious road rage row with another driver. The 30-year-old overtook Dominic Eaton on the A1 at Great Ponton, Lincolnshire, before throwing a coffee cup and peanuts in anger at him tailgating. Provider: ViralHog
They crashed after Linnen threw peanuts and a espresso cup at Eaton’s car  (Picture: ViralHog)

Eaton, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, was given an eight month jail time period, suspended for 2 years and 100 hours unpaid work after pleading responsible to harmful driving.

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He was additionally given a two yr driving ban and ordered to pay £170 prices.

Recorder William Harbage, QC mentioned: ‘It is only by the grace of God that nobody was hurt. The driving of both of you was appalling.’

Addressing Linnen, he mentioned: ‘You misplaced the plot as a lot as he did. You had been throwing issues out of your car at his car.

‘You didn’t begin this however no matter provocation there could also be I regard as slight. You reacted to Eaton’s driving and thereafter you absolutely participated in a road rage incident.’

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