A BANNED driver reversed over a three-year-old boy in his desperation to flee after knocking him down.
Huddersfield man Andrew Browne, who has an appalling driving record, later dumped the car.
The 30-year-old from Jacinth Court in Fartown was jailed for three years and 10 months after admitting two offences of dangerous driving, three of driving while disqualified, failing to stop and failing to report an accident, having no insurance, theft and possessing cannabis.
Leeds Crown Court was told that on May 15 last year Browne struck three-year-old Lewis Ruddock who had run into the road in front of him at Foundry Mill Drive, Seacroft, in Leeds.
It was accepted in court that Browne was not to blame for this initial accident, but he then reversed over the stricken youngster to get away from the scene.
Sentencing him, Recorder Andrew Stubbs, QC, said: “Instead of stopping or checking or getting out of your car to find out what had happened and what had been hit, which you should have done, you reversed, driving over Lewis’ body trapped under your car.’’
The judge said Browne had felt a ‘judder’ and must have known he had hit a child from the screams of Lewis’ mother.
Lewis suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull, punctured lung, broken pelvis along with fractures to his leg and arm.
Amazingly, Lewis – who is now four – has made a miraculous recovery and has been left with scars along with one leg growing slightly faster than the other.
Nigel Hamilton, prosecuting, told the court that Browne began committing driving offences when he was just 12 years old and had never taken an extended test after previous disqualifications.
The day before Lewis was hurt, Browne snatched a Prada handbag from a solicitor’s car at a petrol station in Huddersfield.
Last September he was pursued by police after driving off when an officer tried to stop him.
He ended up crashing into another vehicle and then a wall at Huddersfield Road near Mirfield.