Hungarian Trucker Who Swerved Lorry At Migrants In Calais Faces Suspended Jail Sentence
Ferenc Sullivan 2016.09.12.
Prosecutors in Hungary are calling for a suspended jail sentence being imposed upon a Hungarian truck driver who infamously filmed himself pulling his lorry on migrants walking on the kerbside near Calais, France, in the autumn of last year.
Árpád Levente Jeddi, who has previously been prosecuted for a drug-related offence, is facing a suspended prison sentence for vehicular endangerment and being prohibited from driving a vehicle for a specified time period.
Infamous: Hungarian lorry driver Árpád Levente Jeddi provoked a global backlash last year by deliberately endangering migrants (photo: 24.hu)
In a dashcam video that sparked widespread outrage in Hungary and further afield in November 2015 and has since been viewed over four million times on YouTube, the Hungarian trucker is seen deliberately steering his vehicle dangerously close to migrants walking on the side of the road while swearing and threatening to “stab” them for trying to climb onto his lorry.
Jeddi was sacked following the incident but was reportedly back to work with another tracking firm by January 2016.
Commenting on the indictment on his Facebook page, Mr. Jeddi said that prosecutors failed to take into consideration that he “didn’t have a chance” to respect traffic rules while “becoming a victim of an open attack, public vandalism”. His actions did not result in injury or damage, he added.