An off-duty soldier who intentionally hit a group of teenagers with his car after getting into a drunken argument with them has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Cameron Bailey, 25, had downed six pitchers of cocktail, two pints of beer and several Jagerbombs on a day-long pub crawl with three other soldiers from Mooltan Barracks in Wiltshire in March.
After starting at a Wetherspoons in Amesbury, he drove the group to other venues in Salisbury despite already having a “ridiculous” amount of alcohol in his system, Salisbury Crown Court heard on Friday.
After being turned away from a pub around 9.30pm, the group began arguing with a group of teenagers.
Bouncers from nearby bars intervened after the argument turned into a scuffle, during which Bailey was heard shouting insults of “unfounded insult,” including comments about her sisters being raped and their mothers murdered.
The group decided to return to barracks with Bailey back at the wheel.
He was caught by CCTV stopping and turning his car after spotting the group as he drove past them.
The car slowly drove in their direction and stopped for about 20 seconds before accelerating towards them.
Forensic analysis showed it was traveling at at least 27 miles per hour when it plowed into the teenagers and knocked one, a 17-year-old girl, into the air.
The other four were thrown to the ground, leaving one of the boys cut and bruised, leaving scars on his face.
The girl was hospitalized for four days with serious injuries to her feet and ankles and has since suffered from extreme anxiety in crowds and near roads.
Judge Susan Evans told Bailey: “In your anger you intentionally drove into (the teenagers) and used your car as the most fearsome weapon against them.
“They drove away, there was no attempt to stop, call an ambulance or show any concern.
“They drove all the way back to the barracks and put other road users in extreme danger.”
Bailey’s sergeant found him in bed “smelling of alcohol” around 11 p.m.
The 25-year-old initially claimed to have accidentally hit the gas pedal while looking for a cigarette, but later admitted to two counts of intentionally causing serious bodily harm and one count of dangerous driving.
His minimum sentence was extended by over a year due to the seriousness of the offense and the fact that he had a criminal record for drunk drinking and grabbing his ex-girlfriend’s throat at a house party in 2018.
Bailey was also discharged from the armed forces, received a seven-year driving ban and had to lose his driver’s license until he could pass an advanced test.
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