A motorist has been jailed for 14 months after driving for a mile through Camberley in Surrey with a man clinging to the bonnet of his car.
Grzegorz Musial was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on 4 March 2015 having previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
The 28-year-old, of West Barnes Lane, New Malden, was also banned from driving for 18 months.
The incident happened at 10.30am on 14 October last year when Musial reversed his car out of a parking space near to Screwfix in Camberley and clipped the wing mirror of a vehicle next to his.
The victim approached Musial and details were exchanged, but Musial then admitted to having no insurance and said he would pay for the damage in cash. The victim was unhappy about the admission and said he would call the police.
Musial got back into his Ford Focus estate and tried to drive off but hit the victim as he was stood in front of his car whilst phoning police. He then landed on the bonnet and clung on to the windscreen wipers.
Musial did not stop and drove left out of Lawrence Way, onto Stanhope Way and then onto the A331 towards the M3. Witnesses reported seeing Musial braking hard and weaving from side to side in an attempt to throw the victim off.
He continued along the A331 towards Sainsbury’s going through a red light. It was at this point that the victim fell off into the busy carriageway and Musial drove off.
He suffered serious ankle injuries, a broken nose and numerous cuts and bruises.
Later that day Musial called police and expressed a fear that he had hurt somebody. Officers traced and arrested him following his call and using CCTV in the area to find details of his vehicle.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Yahya Aslam said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was lucky to be alive after literally clinging on for his life through the streets of Camberley.
“You should simply not be driving if you don’t have any insurance or a licence as you put yourself and other road users at risk. If he had sorted out insurance for himself, Musial may never have had to take the actions he did that day.
“I hope this sentence reassures the public that we remain committed to keeping the streets of Surrey safe and will do all we can to put offenders before the court.”