Man ‘driven’ for a mile on car bonnet through streets of College Grove - court told

Stuart Andrew Bradshaw, Wakefield Magistrates
Stuart Andrew Bradshaw, Wakefield Magistrates

A MAN was driven for a mile while clinging to the bonnet of his car after it was allegedly stolen during the early hours of the morning, a court heard.

Wakefield magistrates were told the owner of the car David Brady, was wearing just his dressing gown, when he rolled off the car as it approached a dual carriageway near Jacob’s Well Lane.

Stuart Andrew Bradshaw 26, is accused of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Alex Johnson said it was a “terrifying incident” and said Mr Brady feared he would be killed.

The court heard how Mr Brady had been out with a friend and Bradshaw on June 16.

They all went back to Mr Brady’s house in College Grove View.

Mr Brady went to bed but woke up about 5am and it is alleged Bradshaw then tried to take his car.

Mr Johnson added: “In an attempt to stop him Mr Brady climbed onto the bonnet wearing only his dressing gown.”

The court heard that Mr Brady was driven a mile around the streets of College Grove while clinging to the bonnet.

Mr Johnson said: “From his statement he genuinely believed he was going to be killed. The car approached the dual carriageway, he thought it would be the end of him.”

Mr Brady rolled off the bonnet and suffered considerable bruising to his side and an injury to his foot

Bradshaw, of Chequers Close, Pontefract, gave no indication of pleas when he appeared at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Barbara Phipps said the case should eventually be heard at Leeds Crown Court.

She bailed Bradshaw until August.