A FATHER-OF-TWO who deliberately ran over a teenage girl after she tried to break up an argument between him and his then girlfriend has been jailed.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Haroon Rashid, 28, was involved in a confrontation with his partner, Hayley Travers, and her friend, 19 year-old Georgina Everard, near a takeaway on Great Horton Road in the early hours of April 4 last year.

When Miss Travers refused to get in his Toyota Yaris and began walking away, Rashid got back into the car and ploughed into her friend, causing serious injuries to her leg.

Prosecutor Clare Walsh told the court that earlier the previous day, Rashid had turned up at Miss Travers’ house, where he was described as being “off his face.” He boasted to the pair that he had “been awake for five days”, drinking alcohol and using cocaine and cannabis.

The women left and later went to get some food from the takeaway, where they saw Rashid parked up outside.

An argument ensued, and as the pair walked away, the defendant turned his car around and pulled alongside them again.

Miss Walsh said that Rashid tried to grab Miss Travers, causing Miss Everard to intervene. As the two women walked away for a second time, Rashid got back in his car and drove it straight at Miss Everard, with the vehicle “half on the pavement and half on the road.”

The crash saw her flip onto the bonnet of the car, before her leg then got caught in the wheel.

After the impact, Rashid reversed back onto the road and drove away, leaving his victim “screaming with pain.”

She was taken to hospital with an acute tear to the ligaments in her right knee. In a victim impact statement read to the court, Miss Everard, now 20, said the pain of her injury was “horrendous.”

She said: “Even now, nine months after the incident, my leg is still weak. Almost on a daily basis my leg will collapse under me.”

Miss Walsh said that Rashid’s driving had “created a substantial risk of danger.” He admitted a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A report from the probation service indicated that Rashid was remorseful and “took full responsibility for his actions.”

Mark Brookes, mitigating, said his client was now back with his wife and the mother of his two children, Monica Walsh, with whom he had been in an “on-off” relationship for six years. He said that after the crash, Rashid had sent a text asking whether Miss Everard was okay, saying: “I didn’t mean to do that.”

He added that Rashid, whose address was given as Swanland Avenue in Bridlington, had been angry, but “accepts that his anger should not have been directed at Miss Everard, who had come to her friend’s aid.”

Judge Neil Davey QC said that Rashid’s actions were triggered by a “trivial objection to the behaviour of someone you barely knew.”

He said: “In your temper you decided to punish her. You deliberately drove at her. She collided with the bonnet and was knocked to the floor. Despite that, you continued to drive forwards and her leg was caught in the wheel of your car.”

Judge Davey said that the injuries caused to Miss Everard would “in all likelihood, be with her for ever.”

He told Rashid: “The fact his case is not death by dangerous driving is purely by luck rather than judgement.”

Rashid was jailed for two years and eight months, and banned from driving for three years.