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Dad jailed after rampaging in a drunken rage

PUBLISHED: 16:10 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

A DAD who went on a violent rampage when he found out that his 15-year-old daughter had been drinking has been jailed for 18 months. Patrick Brindle of Abbots Way, Beckenham, attacked two people and drove his car into another after he mistakenly assumed

A DAD who went on a violent rampage when he found out that his 15-year-old daughter had been drinking has been jailed for 18 months.

Patrick Brindle of Abbots Way, Beckenham, attacked two people and drove his car into another after he mistakenly assumed they had been responsible for his daughter drinking on December 14 last year.

He punched Colin Myatt on the left side of the head and struck Angela Dunnion during the incident in Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham, before he was wrestled to the floor.

Prosecuting, Barnaby Waylen said: "He broke free and went to his wife's car and started the engine.

"He drove on to the pavement and then went backwards, hitting a staff member of Costcutters store, knocking him to the ground.

"Then he reversed, stopped and drove at him again, He appears to have gone backwards and forwards, trying to hit people."

A woman who went up to Brindle was caught by the car door and was thrown against a lamp-post and lost consciousness.

Mr Waylen added: "The car was basically being driven at people, who were running around trying to escape."

Brindle also crashed into the store entrance, damaging part of the frontage.

He was disqualified at the time, having been banned from driving for three years from July, 2005, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault and one of dangerous driving at Croydon Crown Court last Friday.

Defending, Ashley Gordon said Brindle had jumped to the wrong conclusion over his daughter and got into a scuffle which ended in his getting multiple bruising and cuts.

He said: "It seems he had had quite a lot to drink, and he lost it."

Judge John Tanzer told him: "The root of your behaviour was the fact you had been drinking to excess, no doubt indulging at that time of the year.

"Drink seems to be something you have a problem with."

A further driving ban of three years was imposed and he will have to take an extended test before again being allowed behind the wheel of a car.

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