A road rage driver has been jailed for deliberately mowing down a man during a confrontation on a Bradford street.
The Bradford Telegraph & Argus reports that Tariq Adalat deliberately ran down van driver Stephen Gill in a row over a suspected collision, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.
Mr Gill was helped by members of the public after Adalat drove into his legs knocking him down, prosecutor Conor Quinn told the court.
Adalat, 35, sped off but was tracked down and arrested after his car registration was noted. When an accident caused by negligent behavior is reported, the police will do everything they can to find the person responsible. This kind of behavior is not acceptable and those who suffer injuries because of that behavior can claim compensation.
Mr Gill was taken to hospital and treated for a bleeding lip and bruising and grazing to his hand, thigh and foot. He later picked out Adalat at a video identification procedure.
Adalat pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Gill, causing him actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on June 8 last year. He was imprisoned for 16 months and banned from driving for two years and eight months.
The defendant had previous convictions for driving while disqualified and affray, the court heard. He was banned from driving for an offence of dangerous driving.
In mitigation, Adalat’s barrister Mark Tomassi said: “My client is a hot headed fool, and I am sure he will accept that.”
He said his client was capable of hard work and was very sorry for his actions that day. “He has no-one to blame but himself for his own foolhardiness,” Mr Tomassi added.
Jailing Adalat, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he had used his vehicle as a weapon.
“You used your car to drive at that gentleman,” the judge told him. “Fortunately the injuries were relatively minor, although the shock and trauma was most evident.”