A VOLUNTEER bell ringer was spared jail for driving at a student who allegedly attacked his girlfriend.
Judge Roger Dutton told Daniel Shaun Thomas, 20, of Pont Adam Crescent, Ruabon, Wrexham, that his dangerous driving was “completely and wholly out of character”.
David Baldwin, 18, was forced to leap over the bonnet of Thomas’ car on Old Wrexham Road outside Overleigh Primary School on August 14 last year.
It came five days after police decided not to pursue allegations against Mr Baldwin made by Thomas’ partner.
But Judge Dutton added: “That does not excuse him from taking the law into his own hands. It was not even deemed appropriate to charge the young man.”
Mr Baldwin had been on his way to collect AS results from Catholic High School, where Thomas’ girlfriend also attended, when he was pointed out to Thomas who then revved his engine and drove towards him – with all four wheels on the pavement – at around 30mph.
At Chester Crown Court on Friday, Judge Dutton told Thomas: “You had no right whatsoever to do what you did. You completely lost your presence of mind.”
Thomas was ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work and given a nine month young offenders institution sentence, suspended for two years.
He was banned from driving for two years.