South Yorkshire drinker drove over a witness

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A DANGEROUS driver who knocked down and reversed over another motorist while drunk behind the wheel has been jailed for 10 months.

Michael Barrowclough, aged 27, of Ladymead, Monk Bretton, Barnsley, downed shots and cans of beer before taking his mother’s Ford Fiesta and speeding around Smithies.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Barrowclough - who had no licence or insurance - raced along New Hill Road and hit two cars after crashing into a kerb.

He then knocked over motorist Ian Rusby, who had spotted Barrowclough’s reckless driving and was attempting to stop him.

The court heard the incident happened in the early hours of New Year’s Day, and Barrowclough was ‘extremely upset’ at the time after breaking up with his partner.

Beverley Tait, prosecuting, said the drink-driver’s mother saw the Fiesta on her driveway on New Year’s Eve, but by 3am it had gone.

At around the same time, Mr Rusby was travelling home with his wife and spotted Barrowclough speeding as he tried to turn right into New Hill Road.

“Mr Rusby noticed he seemed to be driving somewhat faster than 30mph,” Ms Tait said.

“The vehicle went over the give way lines and then crashed into the kerb opposite. The car stopped, and then drove half-on and half-off the kerb.

“Mr Rusby then saw the car drive away and crash into two other cars. He got out of his vehicle to apprehend the driver.”

Ms Tait continued: “The defendant looked behind him very quickly and then reversed.

“In doing so he hit Mr Rusby who fell to the floor and was driven over hip to hip. The defendant then drove off a little further down the road.”

The court heard Mr Rusby called police and Barrowclough was later arrested.

In interview Barrowclough said he panicked when he realised he had crashed into somebody. He said he drank five cans and shots with a friend and that he had also taken ketamine.

Barrowclough was found to have 85 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath - over two times the drink-drive limit.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said: “He went home and the car keys have been available. Foremost in his thoughts on New Year’s Eve was his relationship with his partner.”

Barrowclough admitted dangerous driving, drink-driving and taking without consent, as well as not having a licence or insurance.

He was also banned from driving for three years, and must take an extended retest.