Drink driver reversed car over man's head following pub row

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Drink driver reversed car over man's head following pub row

A drink-driver was handed a 10-month jail sentence after admitting a string of serious driving offences following a row at a pub in Tipton, West Midlands.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard yesterday how Abigail Ratcliffe went to her car while intoxicated following a row with fellow drinkers at the Harrier pub in Tipton.

Mr Simon Phillips, prosecuting, said she went to her car and took a 'good few minutes' to manoeuvre it out of its parking space. He added that she then sped towards a crowd of people who were 'pointing and shouting' at each other.

Ratcliffe's male passenger then climbed out of the vehicle and punched an 18 year-old patron 'to the ground'.

Mr Phillips added: "The vehicle then reversed over him. It actually reversed over his head."

Ratcliffe then fled the scene in her vehicle but amazingly returned minutes later and ran over the victim's legs.

The court heard how he suffered bruising to his face and side of the head, as well as multiple superficial abrasions. The victim also claims he continues to suffer with headaches following the event, remains wary of cars and doesn't socialise in pubs as much as he used to.

Mr Phillips told the court that Ratcliffe attempted to cover up her crimes by dialling 999 'six times' and informing police that her car had been stolen. She also called a friend who works at the Harrier pub and 'enquired about the CCTV footage'.

The Express and Star reported that Ratcliffe, 24, from Beverston Road, Tipton, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Ms Paula Bagnall, defending, told the court that Ratcliffe, who is a mother of two, was deeply remorseful and very grateful that the victim was not seriously injured.

She asked for any prison sentence to be suspended because she has two young children, she did well at school and was in employment, which she would lose if she went to jail.

Judge Michael Dudley told Ratcliffe: "You drove in a way that it was almost inevitable that injury was going to be caused. By some miracle they were not serious injuries."