Driver is jailed for reversing into men at Rugby taxi rank

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A Range Rover driver deliberately reversed at a group of men in Rugby town centre, badly injuring one of them.

And at Warwick Crown Court this week, the driver was jailed for a total of three years and banned from driving for two years.

Dylan Whitty, 29, of Seaford Close, Coventry, had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutor Cathlyn Orchard said that in the early hours of August 17 last year Whitty was in Rugby town centre in his father’s Range Rover.

He parked in a taxi rank in Market Place at around 4.30am to pick up two friends who became involved in an exchange of words with a group of men who were standing nearby.

Although Whitty was not involved, things escalated and one of his passengers exchanged punches with one of the group.

Believing someone had done something to the car, Whitty opened the door and went to get out.

But instead, he closed the door, put the Range Rover into gear and reversed, turning towards the group of men as he did so and hitting one of the men.

Whitty then drove off, leaving the badly-injured man lying on the ground.

He had suffered a compound fracture to his leg, and was in hospital for 11 days. He is now unable to play sport and still suffers pain when walking or standing to prepare a meal.

After driving off, Whitty abandoned his father’s vehicle, and later called the police to report that it had been stolen, although it had already been found by then.

Talbir Singh, defending, said: “It was not his intention to cause really serious harm.”

Recorder Anthony Potter told him: “Your vehicle was not impeded in any way, and you could have driven off. Had you done so, you would not find yourself where you are, and the victim would not have sustained a serious injury.

“I don’t sentence you on the basis that you intended to cause harm - it’s much more likely you intended to scare them.”

Whitty was jailed for two-and-a-half years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, with a consecutive six-month term for perverting the course of justice.