Man attacked after driving his car at drinkers outside pub

NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.
NEWS from Nottingham Crown Court.

A drunken man from Newstead drove his car at a group of people who were chatting and smoking outside a Mansfield pub, a court heard.

So enraged were the pub-goers that they smashed the man’s windscreen, dragged him out of the car, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him.

Nottingham Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the horrific incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, October 25 last year at the Three Lions pub on Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale.

The 31-year-old car-driver, Adam Twells, of Abbey Road, Newstead, faced charges of dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol. He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

The court was told by Hal Ewing, prosecuting, that about a dozen people were gathered at tables in the car park of the pub just after 1.30 am.

“Two witnesses, Patricia Pearce and Robert Smith, say they heard an engine revving and then shouting and screaming.

“The car drove towards people, who had to get out of the way, reversed and then drove at them again.

“When the police attended about ten minutes later, they found that Twells had been assaulted. He had a cut to his face and was clearly in drink.

“In an interview later, he said had drunk about eight pints of lager in the pub that night, but was being goaded into having a fight.

“He said he didn’t feel safe enough to walk home, so he got into his car, but denied driving it at anyone.

“A breath test showed that he had 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is almost twice the legal limit.”

Steve Ramsel, mitigating, said Twells’s drinking problem was “at the heart of the case”.

“Before 2012, he had not been before a court at all, and was working hard,” said Mr Ramsel. “He had his own business as a builder and was frequently busy.

“He is not an alcoholic, but drink causes him to react badly and show poor judgement when confronted.

“It defies belief that he drove at his car at people for no reason. There must have been some preamble to provoke him.

“Mercifully, this shortlived incident did not lead to anyone getting hurt. And since that night he hasn’t had a drink at all, such is his worry at what might happen. He asks for a final chance to get help for his alcohol problems.”

Mr Ramsel also disclosed that Twells had been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, which had led to numerous hospital appointments.

“He can’t go to sleep for fear that he will stop breathing in the middle of the night,” explained the barrister.

“He has had to move back in with his family and is to have a machine fitted at his home to help him.”

As well as the suspended jail-term, Judge James Sampson disqualified Twells from driving for 18 months and ordered him to go on a Thinking Skills programme run by the probation service.