A DRINK driver who sparked a terror alert after ploughing into pedestrians when he had a row with his girlfriend has been jailed.Jake Hartley, 19, lef
A DRINK driver who sparked a terror alert after ploughing into pedestrians when he had a row with his girlfriend has been jailed.
Jake Hartley, 19, left revellers terrified when he sped through the packed streets of Blackpool, Lancs, in a Skoda.
Blackpool Gazette Jake Hartley is seen whizzing past on the right-hand side as he ploughs into pedestrians in Blackpool
The town centre was placed on lockdown and clubbers were unable to leave bars in the area over fears of a terror attack.
He ploughed into a young woman and two elderly ladies, aged 73 and 80, during his two-mile rampage leaving all three injured.
Hartley has now been caged for five years after admitting two counts of causing actual bodily harm, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, common assault and aggravated vehicle taking.
He also pleaded guilty to drink driving, possession of a prohibited weapon and having no insurance or licence and will spend his sentence at a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Hartley has now been caged for five years
Dave Nelson Cops rushed to the scene and placed the area on lockdown
Preston Crown Court heard the carnage started after Hartley chucked a over lover Nadia Mullin in Blackpool’s Urban Lounge nightclub on April 14.
He then got into the Skoda, which he didn’t have permission to use after it was loaned to his employer, and removed the number plates.
CCTV played to the judge showed people jumping out the way as Hartley sped towards them.
Brave passers-by chased after the car to stop him before he smashed into a road barrier and hit the two elderly women, who suffered a fractured clavicle and dislocated shoulder.
Caters News Agency Police and paramedics at the scene in Blackpool last month
Dave Nelson Hartley left three people injured following his rampage
The young pedestrian he also struck suffered swelling, bruising and a laceration to her chin that has left permanent scarring.
Honorary Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said after watching the CCTV: “It looks like he’s driving with one purpose in mind – to cause as much damage and mayhem as he can!”
Sentencing, he added: “This case highlights the obvious dangers created by a motor vehicle being in the wrong hands.
“It is understandable that initially there was a serious concern a terrorist incident had taken place.
“You drove around the streets of Blackpool with total disregard for the safety of pedestrians.
“You were swerving towards people and many had to jump out of the way fearing for their own safety.