THE SHEPLEY man accused of killing an Almondbury woman by dragging her more than 160 yards beneath his speeding car told police he didn't know she was there, a court heard.
Driver Eton Brewins, 26, told police investigating the death of Jolene Potter-Connolly, 23, that his car drove perfectly.
Brewins, of Field Head, Shepley, denies manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving.
Jolene Potter-Connolly, 23, was knocked over outside the Visage nichtclub in Folly Hall in the early hours of September 11 last year, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Under interview with the police, Brewins, who suffers with depression, anxiety and paranoia, said he had been at the club complex with friends. He had become involved in a car park bust up after hearing someone had thrown something at his Ford Escort car.
Brewins said he saw a man coming towards him so he pulled an extendable baton out of the pocket in his car door.
It had been given to him by his grandad after previously being assaulted.
He added: "As he's coming towards me I'm thinking `There's going to be trouble' so I gave it a flick to say `Look what I've got'."
Brewins said: "If I wanted to hit him I could have hit him easily but I didn't because I wasn't expecting it. I wasn't wanting any trouble at all."
Brewins was disarmed by the man. When asked in the first interview by Det Sgt Keith Skarz if the man had left him alone on the floor, he said yes.
Brewins said he and his two friends managed to get into the car and were trying to get away and didn't realise anyone had been knocked over by the passenger door which Mr Brewins said he believed was closed.
He said: "The car drove perfectly normally. There was no cause for concern."
He added: "If I'd have known what I know now I'd have stopped the car. If I had any reason to think anybody was hurt I'd have stopped the car."
During a later interview, Det Con Martin Gumersell put it to Brewins that he was peeved that he had been put to the floor and his baton taken off him in the car park.
He replied: "I wouldn't say peeved, more worried and shocked. I thought `It's kicked off, there's trouble', and `I just want to go'."
Brewins said he was being chased by crowds. Asked why he thought people were chasing him, he replied: "I don't know. I wasn't hanging around to find out."
Earlier, road traffic officer Christopher Bentham's report had been read to the court. This said when Brewins set off, due to the blind spots in vision, it would have been possible not to see Miss Potter-Connolly in front of the car.
Mr Bentham took part in a reconstruction of the incident on November 23 in the Visage car park, using a mannequin of the same size and weight of Miss Potter-Connolly.
On the first test, officers just drove the route and the manouevres which Brewin used. In the second test, officers drove over the mannequin which failed to become lodged under the car. But Mr Bentham's report said it wasn't noticeable when they drove over the figure.
The third run saw the mannequin become lodged but it didn't feel any different from the first attempt.
The case continues