CCTV footage captured the moment a “panic” man drove his car into a group of pub drinkers fighting in the car park.
A clash erupted off the rear of Bryncae Arms, Llanharan, Wales, resulting in a frightened Mason Coray turning into at least two people as he attempted to escape.
Coray, who had been banned from driving just four months earlier, got behind the wheel of his Audi Q2 on July 8th.
The 24-year-old injured two men, Ben Gayle and Ashley Webber, with an open passenger door as they tried to break up a brawl.
He also appeared to punch a woman, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Meirion Davies told the court: “Special Constable Rhys Taylor was off duty enjoying the hospitality of the premises with his wife when he saw the car being parked.
“A short time later he heard women arguing and described one of the women as a passenger in the car.
“The girls got into a fight and the men started fighting near the passenger side of the Audi. There is no allegation that this defendant is one of those men.
“While this was happening around the car, the defendant backed up three to four meters. The passenger door was open and struck either Mr. Webber or Mr. Gayle. The other was then thrown to the ground.’
The court heard Coray also appeared to punch an unidentified woman.
Mr Taylor ran to the car and opened the driver’s door while Coray tried to drive away.
He grabbed Coray and yelled, “Get out the damn car.” Mr Taylor identified himself as a police specialist, but Coray replied, “No you’re not, show me your badge.”
The special police officer forcibly held Coray on the ground before his colleagues arrived.
Mason Coray has been sentenced to probation for attempting to drive away from a bar fight and crashing into at least two people (pictured).
Mr Gayle and Mr Webber said they were trying to break up a fight when they were hit by the car. They both had bruises and one had a sprained ankle. “Fortunately, the men escaped without major injuries,” said the prosecutor.
Coray, of Clos Glas Llwch in Trowbridge, Cardiff, was convicted in court on Monday after admitting dangerous driving, two counts of actual assault (ABH) and driving while prohibited and uninsured. He was disqualified for drunk driving in March.
The defendant, who has cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease, was given the car through the Motability program because of his disability.
His lawyer Matthew Thomas said driving during the ban was a “very stupid decision”, adding: “He didn’t interfere and initially protected himself by closing the car door. He backed up slowly at first and then accelerated towards the end.”
Mr Thomas said Coray’s lips “turned a funny color” when he was restrained, so the special police officer released him. Coray could then have easily left the scene, but he waited for police to arrive and arrest him and stayed to “face the music,” Mr Thomas added.
The lawyer described Coray as an “immature 24-year-old” who can neither read nor write, having missed much of his schooling due to illness.
He said the judge couldn’t classify the car as a “weapon” because “there would have to be intent rather than panic on the part of the defendant to get away from the scene.”
The judge, Recorder Robin Rouch, accepted that Coray had panicked and reversed as they were unable to advance due to a wall.
Recorder Rouch accepted that Coray was immature for his age and penitent. He imposed a 30-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and a two-month curfew between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The judge also banned Coray from driving for 14 months and handed him a £187 victim services surcharge.
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