Driver who aimed car at man in Connah's Quay had been drinking

Published date: 24 March 2014 |
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A DRUNK driver aimed his car at another man when he was driving “in a temper fuelled by jealousy.”

Eric David Harris, 59, of Stafford Lane, Hednesford, Cannock, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol in Connah’s Quay, last September.

Harris had been in a relationship with Kimberley Harris, who had two children, and was visiting because one daughter was moving into her mother’s Connah’s Quay home.

Along with Paul Haygarth, a friend of Miss Harris, they all visited various pubs in the Rhyl and Prestatyn areas before ending the night at the Connah’s Quay Labour Club.

“The defendant tried to make advances towards Miss Harris because he thought to rekindle their relationship,” said prosecutor Michael Whitty.

He said “angry words” were exchanged before Miss Harris, Mr Haygarth and one of her daughters left on foot for her home.

Harris jumped into his car and drove into the narrow road where his former partner lived, at first on the correct side of the road, but then diverted across the road, travelling about 15mph, and drove deliberately at Mr Haygarth.

While the two women got out of the way Mr Haygarth was clipped by the wing mirror, spun around and struck his knee on the wall, but was not seriously injured, said Mr Whitty.

Miss Harris rang the police who breathalysed Harris and he was found to have an alcohol reading of 62 microgrammes, compared to the legal limit of 35.

Henry Hills, defending, said the victim had suffered no serious injuries, there was no evidence of significant speeding or prolonged driving with excess alcohol.

Harris was not in good health, said Mr Hills, and if he was imprisoned it would seriously effect twin teenage sons who lived with him.

Recorder Simon Mills said: “After a disagreement with your ex-partner in the Labour club in Connah’s Quay, in which you were behaving in an obnoxious way, the disagreement spread to her new partner.

“Despite being intoxicated you made a choice to get into your car and drive it in a temper fuelled by jealousy.

“You drove dangerously towards Paul Haygarth who was walking with two other people and deliberately hit him, mercifully with a glancing blow causing minor injuries.”

He jailed Harris for six months, with four months concurrent for driving with excess alcohol, and disqualified him from driving for two years.

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