A MAN was deliberately mowed down by a car after a night out in Washington.
The victim was struck by an Audi A3 in the early hours of Sunday, leaving him needing hospital treatment.
The incident happened just before 2.15am, as two men and a woman walked along The Oval, near the junction with Heworth Crescent, opposite the Coach and Horses pub.
The car, which had blacked out windows and possibly a 53 registration plate, sped at them, before veering off the road, mounting the pavement and hitting a 21-year-old man.
He was knocked to the ground and had to be treated at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a head injury. He has since been discharged.
Police are treating the incident as an assault.
Detective Sergeant Dave Wakefield, of the Northumbria Police Major Crime unit, said: “We believe this car intentionally struck this young man and caused his injuries deliberately.
“This could very easily have been a fatal collision and we urgently need to trace the driver of the car.
“If anyone recognises this vehicle from the description, or knows who it belongs to, they are asked to contact police straight away.”