Cumbria

Carlisle woman dragged along road trying to stop car thief

A car thief drove off with with the woman owner hanging out of the door after stealing the vehicle while it was defrosting, a court was told.

Amanda Sumner, 30, threw herself over 18-year-old Kieran Sewell as he sped away from her house in Tarnside, Carlisle, on 15 January.

The car crashed nearby and Miss Sumner was then threatened with a knife.

At Carlisle Magistrates' Court Sewell was jailed for 120 days after he admitted assault and motoring offences.

The court heard Sewell, of Mount Pleasant Road, Carlisle, took Miss Sumner's Peugeot 205 as it was defrosting before she intended to use it to take her daughter to a birthday party.

Hid in garden

When she saw Sewell get behind the wheel she ran out, opened the door and flung herself on top of him.

She was dragged along the road for a distance before the car crashed into a tree. Sewell threatened to stab her, pushing her to the ground before fleeing.

He was later found hiding in a garden and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to assault, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and without a licence.

Miss Sumner told the court she had saved to buy the £950 car, which was written off in the incident.

She added: "My daughter was inside the house at the time of the incident and if she'd come outside she could have been hurt.

"I will never feel quite as safe at home now, even when the doors are locked."

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