TO any ordinary driver, his reckless antics might seem as dangerous as possible.
And today teenager Jack Andrews is in jail after crashing a stolen car in a getaway bid following a brutal attack on a cyclist.
The victim, a cyclist, going home minding his own business, was a vulnerable victim, there was a sustained attack on himJudge Ian Pearson
The 19-year-old launched a ‘disgraceful’ and ‘unpleasant’ assault on the rider, who was an off-duty paramedic.
Andrews blocked the victim’s path in a stolen Nissan Juke car before getting out and kicking him.
He left the cyclist with a damaged bike and a broken finger – forcing him to take three weeks off work.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Andrews took the car from Beehive Walk, Old Portsmouth.
Judge Ian Pearson said Andrews – whose brother Daniel Nicholson was also in the car – deliberately rammed taxis in his escape after attacking the paramedic.
Jailing Andrews for three years, he said: ‘You took this vehicle, you drove it dangerously, you deliberately collided with two taxis blocking your way after the drivers had seen the attack on the victim.’
Prosecutor Adrian Fleming said the victim has since started driving to work and has fears over his safety.
‘Nothing like this had happened to him before, it was an unprovoked attack. He was not looking for trouble,’ he said.
Andrews caused £2,000 of damage to the stolen car, and about £1,400 of damage to the taxis he rammed.
Sentencing Andrews, Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘There’s no doubt you’re a prolific offender and there’s 13 offences for which I must sentence you.
‘You caused thousands of pounds of damage.’
He added: ‘The victim, a cyclist, going home minding his own business, was a vulnerable victim, there was a sustained attack on him.
‘He had significant injuries and his role as a paramedic meant he was off work.’
Andrews smashed into one of the cars in Clive Road as he escaped from the scene of the 12.20am January 14 attack in Fratton Road, Fratton.
Andrews was banned from driving for three years and must do an extended re-test.
His 26-year-old brother, of North End Avenue, North End, admitted allowing himself to be taken in the car and was handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He was banned from driving for a year and given an 8pm to 5am curfew.
Nick Tucker, defending the pair, said Andrews’ attack on the cyclist was a ‘disgraceful’ and ‘most unpleasant and indefensible attack’.
The court heard Andrews has a criminal record with 14 convictions for 21 offences and Nicholson has 19 convictions of 40 offences. Nicholson had not offended recently.
Andrews, of Victoria Road North, Southsea, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, criminal damage, using a vehicle without insurance and grievous bodily harm.
Andrews’ list of crimes
JACK Andrews admitted to thefts and burglaries of garages.
The 19-year-old burgled a garage in Brandon Road, Southsea, taking two fishing rods worth £100 on April 24.
On the same night he attempted to burgle with intent to steal two other garages in the same road, causing £1,690 of damage. He admitted thefts from cars on June 9. He took sports kit worth £310 from Hendy Close, Southsea.
He also took a wallet and contents worth £25 from a car on August 3 in Highbury Grove, Cosham.
Andrews pleaded guilty to stealing a picnic chair and money box in July from Kintyre Road, Cosham. Two thefts were taken into consideration by the court.