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Will I be arrested?

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Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:23:26

Hi everyone, I've never posted on here before but I'm terrified I'm going to be arrested. Today I went to my local Tesco and the car behind me in the car park overtook me (at speed) and drove the wrong way round the car park to park, and whilst doing so cut up another car.

For some stupid reason I parked my car then went over to his (he was still sitting in his car) - i hovered by his window for a few mins and he didn't notice me so for some stupid reason I opened his door. Obviously I should have knocked on the window. I asked him if he was trying to cause an accident, this led into a loud debate in the car park. I walked off into Tesco and he stayed by his car. He then came into Tesco and started screaming at me, I shouted back to just go away - this went on for a minute or 2.

THe Tesco staff then asked him to leave and he did. After I left he was standing by his car on his phone and I'm now terrified that he was calling the police (and would have my registration number).

Can I be arrested for this? Obviously I shouldn't have opened his door. I'm so terrified. I'm also 18 weeks pregnant so I'm a bit overly hormonal. I wouldn't ever normally do something like that but I was so angry I had to say something. Obviously I wish I hadn't now sad he was quite young (early - mid 20s I'd guess) and driving a boy racer type car. Not that any of that makes any difference. Thanks for any advice x

Maybebabybee Sun 28-Aug-16 17:24:17

Of course you won't be arrested flowers

CandODad Sun 28-Aug-16 17:25:18

What on earth would you be arrested for? Where is there a crime here?

superram Sun 28-Aug-16 17:25:21

No they won't arrest but although it is hard to keep quiet when wankers like this are around you need to protect yourself and your baby. Seethe inwardly!

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:25:28

Could it be seen as breaking and entering? Or anything like that? I'm so worried sad thanks for replying x

Hariasa Sun 28-Aug-16 17:25:32

What do you think the charge would be?

Hariasa Sun 28-Aug-16 17:26:37

But you didn't 'break' or attempt to steal the car.

Did you threaten him?
Push him?
Hit him?

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:26:54

I think it's illegal to open someone's car door? I will probably sound really dramatic but I'm literally sat by my front window watching out for a police car to turn up sad

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:27:49

No I didn't do any of those things and it was me who walked away from him. But he was screaming in my face in Tesco that I shouldn't have opened his door. And the fact he was on his phone is making me really worried!

ExcuseMyEyebrows Sun 28-Aug-16 17:28:44

I really don't think you would be arrested for giving someone a telling off.

But if the manager reported him to the police, he is likely to be in trouble if he was caught on cctv speeding around the car park and shouting at you in the supermarket.

insancerre Sun 28-Aug-16 17:29:09

What crime are you guilty of?

OurBlanche Sun 28-Aug-16 17:31:01


If the police come (which they won't) tell them he nearly ran into you and send them to Tesco for the CCTV footage of his idiotic driving! Job done!

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:31:12

Thankyou. It's the fact that I opened his car door that I'm worried about. I've tried googling it but I can't work out if it's illegal or not.

AnchorDownDeepBreath Sun 28-Aug-16 17:31:55

You shouldn't have opened his door, but it's not illegal. There is a strict definition of breaking and entering, trespass, etc, and this wouldn't fit. It's not a crime.

He is incredibly unlikely to report this to the police if he was driving too fast and the wrong way, too - any CCTV requested from Tesco to prove the case would show he was behaving like an idiot. He probably just called a friend to rant.

delboysfileofax Sun 28-Aug-16 17:32:27

Depends on the complaint he made as to whether police would be interested in speaking to you or not. Very unlikely to result in arrest though. Worst case scenario is that you're called in for a voluntary interview. If that's the case take the free legal advice you're offered and go from there

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sun 28-Aug-16 17:32:44

i expect he'll have you arrested for carjacking

...ridiculous enough for you?

OurBlanche Sun 28-Aug-16 17:32:54

OK... so now look up speeding.. that is easy to find. As it driving dangerously in a car park.

See? He acted illegally. You acted angrily! BIG difference!

user1468843120 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:33:34

Of course you won't be arrested. I did this once.. Was indicating to turn right from aside street onto a busy main road on a Saturday morning. Got beeped by the (much older ) male pick behind me. Saw red. He managed to overtake me and drove into supermarket garage. I followed him, got out and went totally batshit. He ended up apologising and nothing happened to me..... and my Dad was a passenger in my car. He looked at me with a new sense of respect afterwards..grin

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:36:28

Thankyou for all the replies. I'm still worried but maybe I'm over thinking it a bit!

Hariasa Sun 28-Aug-16 17:36:29

Well he's right, you shouldn't have opened his door. I wouldn't think it constitutes a criminal offense though, just rude and unwise.

He was speeding.
He yelled at you in Tescos to the extent that he was thrown out was thrown out.

I can't imagine he's in any hurry to get the police involved.

Plus if no one was hurt, no threats of harm were made, or cars damaged I can't imagine that the police would be overly concerned.

You might want to consider how you could have handled the situation differently though. It seems unnecessarily aggressive action to open his door to yell at a stranger. The discussion was never going to end satisfactorily.

youarenotkiddingme Sun 28-Aug-16 17:40:18

He was probably on the phone to his mates bigging up his own part in it!

Yeah you know like I went into tesco like mate and got like right up in da bitches face and told her like to back off right or she face the consequences and she like was well scared and walked off.

<ok major stereotyping but anyone who speeds around a car park is clearly a twat!>

NotDavidTennant Sun 28-Aug-16 17:40:51

Opening the car door would only be illegal if you were doing so with criminal intent (for instance, if you were intending to steal the car). Opening the door just to speak to the driver is not illegal.

legotits Sun 28-Aug-16 17:42:41

You are a dick.

You had no Idea what he could have done.

Let this be a cheap lesson, walk away.

ilovesooty Sun 28-Aug-16 17:42:45

I'm sure you'll be fine.

Anon4216 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:43:20

I so hope this is true! Obviously I should have handled the situation better and I totally regret the whole thing now. But it wasn't me driving like an idiot around a car park and cutting everyone up!

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