Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Reason Man Drove Directly at Pedestrian; 'GROSSLY STUPID' BEHAVIOUR LEADS TO JAIL TIME

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Reason Man Drove Directly at Pedestrian; 'GROSSLY STUPID' BEHAVIOUR LEADS TO JAIL TIME

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

A BANNED driver who thought it was funny to accelerate at a pedestrian has been jailed after sending him flying through the air.

John Nicholson got behind the wheel and drove towards Jason McGuiness and his girlfriend as they walked down a street.

A court heard Nicholson only intended to frighten them and may have been showing off.

But after setting off with tyres screeching, he hit Mr McGuiness, throwing him over the bonnet and leaving him injured on the ground.

I accept not trying this man You would be to try to him N o w Nicholson, whose behaviour was branded "grossly stupid" by a judge, has been locked up for dangerous driving and assault.

Recorder Jonathan Aitken, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: "I accept you were not trying to run this man down. You behaved in a grossly stupid way.

"There was no history of animosity between you and that man. You clearly thought it would be amusing to try to frighten him."

The court heard Mr McGuiness had been walking down Washington Street, in Sunderland, on March 3, with his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said something was shouted by Nicholson but the couple didn't hear what. Andrew Walker, prosecuting, said: "The defendant then ran to a parked car, a Vauxhall Corsa, got in then drove along the street for a short distance, and performed you were to run down... thought it amusing frighten a U-turn so he was facing the complainant and his girlfriend. The defendant accelerated in the vehicle loudly and the tyres were screeching and he drove directly at the complainant.

"He mounted the path and drove into him, causing him to be flung over the bonnet and into the air, leaving him on the ground."

A pedal bike which Mr McGuiness had with him took the brunt of the impact but he was still left with injuries. …

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