Mechanic drove three miles with angry bloke on bonnet
'I’m not stopping. This man is going to kill me'
A Northern Ireland garage mechanic who drove for three miles with a disgruntled customer clamped to the bonnet of his car has been cleared of a raft of charges including assault and dangerous driving, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Gerry Brown, 53, was at his yard near Castlewellan in February 2008 when Lesley Quirey and his uncle Philip Quirey turned up to demand a refund on a second-hand car Brown had sold to the former for £350.
The vehicle had broken down after a week, and the Quireys were evidently none too pleased. A row quickly ensued, and Lesley Quirey "ran around to the back of his car, where there was a Staffordshire bull terrier and pickaxe handle and I immediately thought that something wasn’t right", as Brown explained.
He continued: "I just wanted to get out of there. They followed me in their car through Castlewellan. I had to stop at temporary traffic lights and Philip Quirey got out of his car and ran over to mine.
“I saw him coming through my wing mirror and I locked the doors as I didn’t want him getting at me. He started banging on the car with his fists then jumped on the bonnet. He is a very big man, about 6ft 4 and about 19 stone and he left a dent in the bonnet. All I could think of was to keep driving and to get to the police station.”
Brown added: “I really thought I was in danger. I don’t feel that I had any other choice but to keep driving. I wasn’t driving fast, about 30mph and he had plenty of chances to get off. I phoned the police to tell them there was someone on the bonnet of my car and I was too afraid to stop. I told them to get someone there quick as it was an emergency.
"They said there was nobody available and kept telling me I had to stop, but I told them I wasn’t stopping until I got to the police station. They told me I couldn’t drive down the Main Street of Newcastle with someone on the bonnet of my car and I said ‘yes I can’.”
After three miles Brown was pulled by cops and subsequently charged with the aforementioned assault and dangerous driving, plus driving while using a mobile phone.
Two years later, Downpatrick District Judge Mr Mervyn Bates has shown all the charges the door, having listened to a recording of Brown's 999 call, in which he said: “I’ve got a New Zealander on the bonnet of my car. He’s f****** lost it. He’s going to kill me. I’m not stopping. This man is going to kill me. He’s three times the size of me.”
Bates said he was was “extremely satisfied that these two men, heavily-built, were intent on intimidating Mr Brown, who is of slight build, into doing something or refunding cash".
He declared: “I accept as a fact that Mr Brown drove at moderate speed and did not swerve despite his obvious concern and fear that I could hear in his voice. I don’t think he had a choice but to drive on with Mr Quirey on the bonnet of his car.”
Regarding the Staffordshire bull terrier, Philip Quirey admitted he and his nephew happened to have one in the car boot, but "denied this was to intimidate the defendant". He claimed the pickaxe handle was "a toy for the dog".
The judge expressed surprise that the Quireys had not been prosecuted "in relation to the contents of their car". ®
Let's hear it for common sense!
Someone's running in fear of their life, so what do the Police do? Arrest him on a bunch of silly charges and let the guy threatening him go because it's going to be easier to charge the victim with crimes than make a case against the attacker...
"They said there was nobody available"
Yet they managed to divert someone to nick him.
I know police forces can be overstretched, but "there's no one available" just isn't an acceptable answer.
reminds me of this joke, you might have heard.
but i'll repeat in for those that haven't. It's supposed to be a true story, don't know can't verify.
Guy out in the sticks calls the police late at night and says "There's a burglar downstairs, I don't think he knows I'm here so if you come quick you'll catch him!"
To which the police despatcher replies "I'm sorry sir we have no-one to send"
The guy swears and hangs up, but rings back a couple of minutes later and says "Don't worry about that burglar, I got my shotgun out the case and blew his head off, I'll dispose of the body in the morning!" and hangs up.
5 minutes later half the damn police force turns up, cars, vans, armed police, helicopter and dog unit where they accidentally catch the burglar attempting to do a runner.
When confronting the homeowner one very angry police officer says "I thought you shot him?!"
to which the man replies "I thought you had no one to send?"