Driver tried to mow down Hartlepool teenager over grudge, court told

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A teenager was forced to jump out of the path of an oncoming car as it tried to mow him down, a court heard.

The alleged victim was crossing the road with a toddler when the Peugeot 206 was driven straight at him, Teesside Crown Court was told.

I believe this was a genuine effort to run me over

Alleged victim

“I was absolutely terrified and shaking,” he said.

Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Seago is accused of being behind the wheel of the car and is standing trial.

He is said to have tried to run the teenager down because his passenger, who is also on trial, had a grudge against the alleged victim.

It is said to have taken place in Mulgrave Road, Hartlepool.

Describing the incident the alleged victim said: “As I was crossing Mulgrave Road I could hear a car being driven at speed from Grange Road.

“I could hear its engine revving and tyres screeching. As I was crossing I looked up and saw a Peugeot drive directly towards me.

“I was in the middle of the road with my [relative]. The vehicle was coming straight towards us as I had to pull my [relative’s] arm firmly to pull her out of the way from being hit.”

He claims he clearly saw Jamie Seago driving and the younger defendant, who cannot be identified because of his age, in the passenger seat.

The alleged victim, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, added: “I believe this was a genuine effort to run me over. I was absolutely terrified and shaking.”

He said the distinctive looking car, which he said was blue but had a white bonnet, made off towards Sheriff Street.

Seago denied driving the car on the day of the alleged incident and told police he was banned at the time.

The teenage defendant also denied the allegations when quizzed and said he had not seen the alleged victim for several weeks.

Seago, of Westbrooke Avenue, Hartlepool, and the younger defendant deny taking revenge.

Seago also denies an additional allegation of dangerous driving.

The trial continues.