Driver who ploughed into pedestrians and caused M32 crash is jailed
A DRIVER who ploughed into two pedestrians after running a red light, then caused a crash in which three people in a taxi were injured has been jailed.
Macauley Tomlinson drove off at high speed from police, who were called after reports that a woman had been dragged into a car in Hotwell Road, shortly before midnight on April 30.
A court heard he drove off at speed through the city centre, colliding with two pedestrians after running a red light as he drove on to St Augustine's Parade.
Police said one of them, a 19-year-old woman, was carried on the bonnet of his Ford Kuga car for around 100m, as Tomlinson swerved the car to try and throw her off.
The Avon and Somerset force said she fractured her shin bone and suffered grazing and bruising, exacerbating a pre-existing medical condition.
Her boyfriend, also 19, suffered cuts and bruises and has been left with a facial scar.
Tomlinson, aged 26, of Midsomer Norton, then drove on to the M32, where he hit speeds of up to 120mph and undertook a taxi on the hard shoulder between Eastville and Hambrook.
A pursuing police car collided with the taxi, which overturned, seriously injuring its occupants, including a pregnant woman.
Police said a male passenger in the taxi, a 34-year-old man, had "significant physical injuries".
It took two hours for him to be freed from the vehicle and he is still recovering from serious injuries to his pelvis, hip and wrist, after two operations.
His partner, who is 36, was also trapped in the car.
A police spokesperson said: "We're relieved that she did not lose the pregnancy. She continues to suffer back pain."
The taxi driver, a 38-year-old man, has whiplash and ongoing back pain.
Tomlinson drove off around the Avon Ring Road and was finally arrested in the early hours of Sunday May 1, after police used a stinger device to puncture the tyres of his car on the Wellsway at Keynsham.
He tried to run away from the car, leaving a woman passenger inside, but was tracked by the National Police Air Service helicopter and caught by officers on the ground.
Tomlinson was jailed today for four years, after admitting two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He had time taken off his sentence for entering an early guilty plea.
After he was sentenced, officer in the case PC Andy Smetham said: "Tomlinson was driving at speeds of up to 80mph in on city centre roads busy with pedestrians on a Saturday night. He reached 120mph on the M32.
"He failed to stop even after colliding with two pedestrians and carrying a young woman around 100m on his bonnet.
"In fact, he swerved the car trying to dislodge her as she clung to the windscreen wiper.
"Tomlinson's actions changed everything for five innocent people: a couple who should be preparing for the arrival of their first child, teenagers who should be pursuing their university studies and a man who has lost his livelihood.
"I hope this sentence will enable them to start rebuilding their lives."
The incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because police became involvement before the two collisions.
The force said the IOPC had directed that it should carry out its own investigation, which is still underway.