Glasgow & West Scotland

Drink driver Patrick McManus pinned Arshad Sadiq between cars

A drink driver has admitted pinning a man between his vehicle and a police car in Glasgow, resulting in his victim almost losing a leg.

McManus, 64, was more than four times the legal limit when he hit Arshad Sadiq on 27 May last year near the city's Drumchapel area.

The 44-year-old was reporting McManus' erratic driving to a police officer when he was seriously injured.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, sentence on McManus was deferred.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, hitting the police car and Mr Sadiq to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

The court heard how Mr Sadiq was in his car with his 16-year-old daughter when he saw McManus on Kinfauns Drive turning on to Drumchapel Road and crash into railings.

'Absolutely steaming'

He decided to phone the police and they noted the registration number of the Vauxhall Astra McManus was driving.

Mr Sadiq said he then stopped at traffic lights behind McManus but that they had no option but to overtake him when the lights turned to green and McManus did not move.

The businessman then spotted a marked police car on the road ahead and parked his car in front of it and went to speak to officers inside.

He had just told the police he thought the driver was "absolutely steaming" and was "going to kill someone" and handed over the registration number when he was hit by McManus' car.

Mr Sadiq's left leg was trapped between McManus' car and the police car and he had to stay there for an hour while officers waited for a doctor to arrive to decide how to safely remove him.

The company director - who owns a number of children's nurseries and Spar shops - was then rushed to Glasgow's Royal Infirmary where surgeons battled for five hours to save his leg.

He underwent three operations, including a 12-hour procedure transplanting a muscle from his back onto his leg and covering with skin grafts from his thigh.

McManus will be sentenced when he returns to the dock next month.

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