Watch – Police release CCTV footage showing moment driver ploughed into doorstaff at nightclub

This shocking CCTV shows the moment a driver ploughed into doorstaff at a nightclub after they had thrown him out.

Shailem Dodson, 20, had been evicted from the club after complaints had been made about his behaviour in the outside smoking area.

He returned in his car before mounting the pavement and crashing through the club’s metal barriers – colliding with the victim at speed.

The car then collided with a lamp post and Dodson got out of the vehicle and attempted to run away.

Passing members of the public who witnessed the incident chased after him and restrained him before police officers arrived.

Dodson, of Blandford, Dorset, was taken to hospital for treatment to cuts and bruises and police said it was a miracle that the victim only sustained minor injuries..

In court he was cleared of attempted murder and GBH but admitted dangerous driving, drink driving and assault by beating.

He has now been sentenced to 16 months in prison and handed a three-year driving ban extended for eight months to allow for his prison sentence.

The victim – a 32-year-old man – was working as a member of door staff at Halo nightclub in Bournemouth, Dorset, at the time of the incident.

At around 1.50am on Tuesday 12 December, Dodson was evicted and then punched another member of door staff on the pavement outside before being restrained.

He was released a few minutes later before going off to pick up his Vauxhall Corsa

A breathalyser test at a police station a few hours later discovered he had 57 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. Back calculations suggested that Dodson had 88 micrograms of alcohol in his breath at the time of the collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Astonishingly, the victim escaped with only minor cuts and bruises.

Detective Constable Laura McQueen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “It is an absolute miracle that the victim only sustained minor injuries and I wish to praise the actions of the members of the public and other door staff who were able to restrain Dodson so he could be arrested.

“I would also like to thank those who provided statements and attended court to give evidence.

“Dodson made the reckless decision to get behind the wheel after he had been drinking. He was clearly not in a fit state to drive and his actions could have resulted in far more serious or even fatal consequences.”

Tom Bevan

 

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