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Man jailed for Barnsley petrol station hit-and-run

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Media captionCCTV captured the moment Michelle Carr was struck by a car being driven by Scott Dearing

A man who knocked over a petrol station attendant after stealing £120 worth of fuel has been jailed for 17 months.

Scott Dearing, 30, drove into Michelle Carr as he left the garage in Park Road, Barnsley, on 4 December.

Miss Carr suffered "bumps and bruises" after being thrown on to the bonnet of the car, before falling off.

Dearing was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to eight offences, including assault, dangerous driving and theft.

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The court heard Dearing, of no fixed abode, had been on licence at the time of the offence and was disqualified from driving.

Sentencing, Recorder Felicity Davies said: "Your offending is aggravated by the fact of the injuries to Miss Carr, and by you using your car, in effect, as a weapon, though I accept you acted on the spur of the moment rather than having deliberately decided in advance to use your vehicle in that dangerous way."

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Image caption The incident happened at the Jet petrol station, in Park Road, Barnsley

The judge paid tribute to Miss Carr for "acting as a responsible employee should" in attempting to stop Dearing driving off.

In a victim impact statement read out in court, Miss Carr said: "[He] had no consideration for me or my welfare, he just hit me, left me and drove off."

In his defence, barrister Andrew Smith said Dearing had been "pleased" to learn Miss Carr had not been seriously injured.

Dearing was also disqualified from driving for two years.

He also admitted two counts of theft of a number plate, a second count of stealing fuel and two charges of driving whilst disqualified.

Dearing's passenger, 28-year-old Charlene Beadman, of Jennings Close, Rotherham, admitted one count of theft relating to the incident at an earlier hearing.

She is due to be sentenced next week.

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