A man who mowed down a car salesman in Mansfield as he stole his BMW has been sentenced to prison.
At an earlier hearing William Doran, of Larwood Close, Bradford, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to robbery and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
At Nottingham Crown Court he was sentenced to nine years behind bars.
The court heard that the 33-year-old had rung and arranged to view a champagne-coloured BMW which the victim had advertised for sale.
The two men agreed to meet at lunchtime on Tuesday, 24th June this year in the car park of National Tyres, in Chesterfield Road, Mansfield.
Doran went to test drive the car but as the victim attempted to get into the passenger seat he quickly reversed and swerved, knocking his victim to the floor. He ran over him and drove off towards Mansfield town centre.
Such was the force of the impact, witnesses believed the victim had died. In fact he suffered life threatening injuries including a bleed to the brain, damage to his spine and fractured eye sockets.
Police were able to use the car’s tracking system to link to Doran and he was arrested at his home address.
Pc Rachel Lee said: “This was a horrific attack and the victim has been badly affected as a result. “If it hadn’t been for the members of the public who rushed to give first aid and ring the emergency services Doran could be looking at a murder charge.
“This sentence is a good example of our continued efforts against violent crime and supports our Alliance Against Violence campaign.
“It also shows the strong stance we and the courts take towards people who commit these types of offences.”