An HGV driver who sent a person flying backwards by driving his lorry at them has admitted dangerous driving. 

Martyn Clark, 41, drove towards a member of the public following a row.

Clark, of Bishopsfield Road in Fareham, was driving a Scania lorry at the time.

Appearing at Southampton Crown Court on Monday, he admitted dangerous driving. The incident took place on September 22, 2023. 

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Emily Lanham, for Clark, applied for a pre-sentence report to be produced by the probation service. 

She said: "He is lightly convicted. This is an offence that needs some quite careful scrutiny in terms of what can be done for sentence. 

"Considering how old Mr Clark's convictions are and he is a family man who runs a business I would ask for a pre-sentence report to be prepared in this case."

Speaking about the prospect of an interim disqualification, Ms Lanham added: "I would ask that it is not imposed today because Mr Clark runs a heavy goods vehicle business. 

"When he is disqualified from driving he will no longer be able to, under the rules, operate that business. 

"That will mean letting staff members go. He needs to have his licence in place during that interim period."

She added that the plan is to hand over control of the business or sell it ahead of his sentencing.

Daily Echo: Martyn Clarke outside Southampton Crown CourtMartyn Clarke outside Southampton Crown Court (Image: NQ)

Recorder Don Tait said: "I feel sorry for his employees that may lose their jobs but I propose to not impose an interim disqualification. 

"You will be disqualified in due course. Thank you for having the decency to plead guilty to this offence.

"There is one condition to your bail and that is that you cooperate with the probation service in preparation of a report."

Clark will be sentenced for the incident - which happened on the A337 Christchurch Road, New Milton - on June 25.

He previously appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court in March. 

Clark is registered at Companies House as the director of Claybank Transport Services Ltd, registered at Sherfield English near Romsey.

He is also the director of Clarks Caravan and Boat Haulage Ltd, registered in Chichester.