A man and teenager who drove straight at a 16-year-old as he tried to cross the road with his young niece have been locked up.
The victim was stood in the middle of Mulgrave Road, in Hartlepool, with the toddler, when he heard tyres screeching.
When he looked up, he saw a Peugeot 206 being driven by Jamie Seago, 26, coming straight at him.
As he and his niece dived out of the way he also recognised the 16-year-old passenger. Seago and his passenger were both found guilty at Teesside Crown Court after a trial last month of a charge of taking revenge on October 14 last year.
Seago was also convicted of dangerous driving.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: “The victim was crossing Mulgrave Road going to the shop with his niece when he heard a car being driven at speed from Grange Road, and could hear its tyres screeching.
“As he looked up, he saw a Peugeot 206 being driven by Jamie Seago, and in that vehicle was also the second defendant.
“He was in the middle of the road and had to pull his niece by the arm to get them out of the way.”
It emerged last week that Seago, of Westbrooke Avenue, Hartlepool, had a string of drug and driving offences on his record.
His barrister Andrew Teate, mitigating, said: “I appreciate he has an appalling history of driving offences but the pre-sentence report does suggest he has done certain things to turn his life around.”
Mr Teate said Seago had stopped hanging around with bad influences and had curbed his drug use.
The judge described the 16-year-old defendant as a “persistent offender” who had built up a record with 15 crimes in just three years.
The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton told him: “You have been on a collision course with custody.”
Paul Abrahams, mitigating, said his behaviour had started to improve since moving in with his sister.
Mr Abrahams said: “The family regime and routine he was in prior to that wasn’t positive.”
Seago was jailed for 18 months banned from driving for three years.
His co-accused was sentenced to eight months youth detention after the court heard previous efforts by the courts had failed.
Judge Bourne-Arton said he was sure they did not intend to run the victim over but to scare him. But he said: “This cannot and will not be overlooked.”