Leeds man ran pal over

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A MAN who ran his best friend over after a row about a lift home has been spared jail.

Scott Dennison needed hospital treatment after his pal Ross Boyle drove at him in his Peugeot 307 following the argument in All Saint’s Drive, Rothwell, Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court yesterday heard Boyle and Mr Dennison were friends and had been out together in the vehicle to visit a friend in Oulton shortly before the incident on July 7 last year.

During the journey home the pair argued after Mr Dennison wanted to be dropped off at home. Boyle wanted him to walk home from his house on All Saint’s Drive.

Witnesses described how Boyle drove at speed on the wrong side of the road and struck a parked car, causing damage.

After the collision Boyle parked outside his own house and the two men continued to row. Mr Dennison got out of the car and kicked the wing mirror before walking off on the opposite side of the street.

Boyle then began revving the engine and drove behind Mr Dennison, who carried on walking, thinking it was a joke.

Moments later he was struck by the car and smashed into the windscreen before landing on the ground. The court heard Boyle got out and said “that will teach you” and “you deserved it”.

Witnesses called police and Mr Dennison was taken to hospital suffering bruised chest and grazes to his head.

Boyle later attended a police station and told officers he only intended to scare him.

Mr Dennison later told police he did not wish to make a formal complaint against Boyle, saying they were friends.

Boyle pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and unlawful wounding.

Stephen Welford, for Boyle, handed the court a letter of reference from his employer.

Recorder Fiona Davis gave Boyle a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to go on an anger management programme and do 200 hours unpaid work.

She told Boyle he was “very fortunate” that his friend did not wish to make a complaint against him.

She added: “That was a very generous action on his part, but the court must look at the other consequences of criminal offending.”

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