A GRIEVING woman was dragged along the road hanging out of her ex-partner’s car during an angry confrontation on the day of her grandfather’s funeral.
Lisa Mason had dumped Nathan Bainbridge after he pushed her during a row on April 4.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard the former couple kept in touch over the following days and Bainbridge agreed to take care of her dog while she attended the service on April 7.
It was after Miss Mason had been at the wake she arranged to meet Bainbridge in a car park in Washington to get her house keys back.
During that meeting a row erupted and Miss Mason leaned in through the driver’s window where Bainbridge was sitting to grab her belongings.
While she did that, Bainbridge took hold of her arms and drove off at speed.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “She leant into the car.
“His basis of plea is she had been drinking and they had an argument.
“He said he grabbed her arms because he thought she was going to hit him, at the same time driving off.
“As a result the car was driven around the corner with her hanging out of the driver’s window.
“CCTV shows the complainant being dragged along as the vehicle drove off.
“One witness said she heard a scream and saw feet trailing the ground as the vehicle drove off, in her view extremely fast.”
The court heard Miss Mason suffered just minor injuries and scuffing to her shoes.
The court heard despite her frightening ordeal, Miss Mason did not wish to see her ex put behind bars.
She said in a statement: “I was not badly hurt although I do know I could have been.
“I have no intention of getting back together but I don’t want to be responsible for him going to prison.
“He needs help with his emotions and anger but I really don’t think he should be jailed for what he did.”
Bainbridge, of Gainsborough Avenue, Washington, admitted dangerous driving, common assault and threatening behaviour in relation to a later incident involving Miss Mason that day.
Judge John Mitford told him: “She had her head through the window of your car endeavouring to obtain some keys and you drove off at smart speed with her through that window.
“It is fortunate she suffered only what seems relatively minor injuries and not very serious injury.”
The judge sentenced the 19-year-old to nine months’ imprisonment, which means he will be released almost immediately due to time served on remand.
The judge said: “It seems to me that you have been in prison long enough to teach you the error of your ways.”
Bob Spragg, defending, said Bainbridge, who handed testimonials to his positive character into the court, has a supportive family and the offer of a job.