Driver jailed for pressuring partner to lie about incident

A MOTORIST has been jailed after his partner falsely claimed she was at the wheel when he hit a man in Mansfield.

David Long (34) admitted putting pressure on Michelle Westwood following a collision with the man standing in the middle of Brick Kiln Lane, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Victim Sean Williams was driving a Vauxhall Astra mobility car about 8pm on 8th March last year with his disabled girlfriend in the front passenger seat, said Marcus Harry, prosecuting.

He slowed down for speed humps and noticed a black Vauxhall Zafira too close behind him.

‘He stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road and walked round to the front of the vehicle behind,’ said Mr Harry.

Local residents looked out of their windows as they heard shouting outside.

Long reversed his Zafira as if to go round the obstruction in front of him but drove over his victim’s feet, the court was told.

Mr Williams went to the ground. Members of the public went to his aid and an ambulance was called.

He was found to have a swollen and tender knee and feet and a sore buttock, but no fractures.

Long, of Pelham Way, Forest Town, was arrested later in the evening and claimed he was a passenger in the car. He said his partner was driving and she confirmed that was the case.

Later Westwood, of Cumberland Drive, Mansfield, changed her statement and said she had not been in the vehicle and that Long had put pressure on her to lie.

Both admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice. Long also admitted careless driving and causing actual bodily harm.

He had 12 previous convictions, including assaults, having an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour.

In mitigation Caroline Lody said it was accepted Mr Williams had acted aggressively. Long, who had an 11-year-old girl in the car with him, did not get out of the car and was keen to avoid a confrontation.

He acted in panic as he was driving without insurance.

James McDonald, for Westwood, said she was a health care assistant with three children. She was of previous good character and deeply remorseful.

Long was jailed for six months for trying to pervert justice. Westwood was given two months suspended for a year.