Drunk jumped onto car and threatened driver

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 January 2012

North Somerset Courthouse

North Somerset Courthouse


A MAN who terrified a driver by jumping onto her car’s bonnet before chasing it down the road was sentenced to a community order and unpaid work at North Somerset Courthouse this week.

Nita-Ann Hathway came to a stop near a roundabout on Winterstoke Road in Weston on October 10 when Martin Fenton, aged 30, of Winterstoke Road, jumped onto her bonnet, with his head hitting the windscreen.

He then grabbed a windscreen wiper and fell from the car.

He had been staggering along a grassy verge next to the road before the incident and was thought to be drunk.

Two women then came from a nearby property, with one of them restraining Fenton while he shouted ‘I’m gonna get you, you’ll f***ing have it,” according to a statement by passenger David Jones.

Fenton then followed Ms Hathway through traffic as she tried to drive away.

Ms Hathway was said to be ‘screaming and in hysterics’ as heavy traffic meant she couldn’t escape.

Mr Jones said: “We felt he could be capable of anything.”

Fenton then tried the door handle of the car, which was locked, and hit the car repeatedly, damaging the paintwork.

When traffic did move, Ms Hathway drove to a police station.

Fenton said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the attack, which he attributed to being under stress and using alcohol and drugs.

He said he sought help after the event and has since tried to turn his life around.

Chair of the bench, Joy Yates, described the attack as ‘nasty and unprovoked’.

Fenton pleaded guilty to criminal damage and use of threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

He was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £185.42 in compensation and costs, including £55.42 for damages to the car.

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