A "dangerous" teen driver who ploughed a car into revellers outside a nightclub – leaving two women seriously injured – has been jailed for 12 years.
McCauley Cox, 19, was aiming his car "as a weapon" at a man who had been fighting one of his friends.
But Cox ploughed into innocent pals Sophie Poole and Emma Nicholls, who were sat on a kerb waiting for a taxi in Newport city centre.
The two women, both 23, were crushed under his Ford C Max and suffered horrendous burns and injuries across their bodies.
Cox was found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent after jurors heard he drove into a crowd after a fight broke out.
Judge Daniel Williams told Cox: "You subjected the girls to a terrifying attack. Both were seriously injured and both have suffered significant psychological harm."
He said Cox had driven over the women twice and reversed over them twice before driving off at a great speed.
He said: "Footage of the incident is truly horrifying, you changed the lives of these two young women.
"You are without doubt a dangerous young man and have no remorse for what you did."
Cox was sent to a young offenders institution for 12 years when he was sentenced on Friday morning for the incident.
The teen was previously convicted after leading police on a high-speed chase on the M4 and crashed through a barrier on the Severn Bridge.
Newport Crown Court heard that before the attack Cox had been an aspiring footballer with the potential to play professionally.
CCTV used in the trial shows Cox’s car approaching a crowd of pedestrians outside the Courtyard nightclub on Cambrian Road, Newport, South Wales, as some begin fighting in the early hours of April 29.
The car clips one of the pedestrians, leading some to kick the Ford C-Max people carrier and confront Cox at either side of his vehicle.
Moments later, the car darts forward and turns on to the pavement towards a group of people, including victims Sophie Poole and Emma Nicholls, who are sitting on a kerb.
Cox, from Newport, runs over the two girls before reversing back over them, then darting forward once more over their bodies and reversing further down the street.
Witnesses begin to attack his car and smash its windscreen, prompting Cox to accelerate out of the road at speed, missing other pedestrians by inches.
Police found the car nearby later that day having been set on fire.
Cox was aiming to run over a man fighting with his friend Ben Thomas outside the nightclub in the early hours, the court heard.
Prosecutor James Wilson said: "He deliberately drove a car at a man with the intention to cause really serious harm.
"At the time he was fighting with a friend. The man managed to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle."
But the court heard Miss Poole and Miss Nicholls were sat on the kerb after a night in the Courtyard nightclub in Newport, South Wales.
Mr Wilson said: "They could not get out of the way of the defendant who ran them over.
"They were the ones who suffered the really serious injuries instead."
Witness Nathan Rumble said Cox hit the two girls like a "speed bump", and said it appeared the driver intentionally drove his car into the crowd.
Mr Rumble said: "It was wrong. He was going for them.
"You can’t just hit someone twice and not know what you are doing."
The two girls, who are friends from university, suffered "really serious injuries" after being repeatedly run over, with Miss Poole needing specialist skin grafts and Miss Nicholls suffering a lacerated spleen.
In a victim impact statement the girls told how the incident had changed their lives.
Sophie said: "I have high levels of anxiety. I am anxious whenever I cross a road because I always imagine the worse.
"I fear I will get run over again.
"I have had nightmares and flashbacks.
"For a month after it happened I couldn’t leave the house – I felt so conscious of my injuries I didn’t want anyone to see me."
Graphic designer Emma said: "After this I always worry about bad things will happen to me and I am always nervous."
She has joined a stress group for counselling and her GP has said she is suffering from post traumatic stress.
Cox denied inflicting GBH with intent but was found guilty after a four day trial.
Nicolas Gedge, defending, said in the past two years Cox’s life had "gone terribly off the rails" and he had got in with the wrong crowd.
He added that Cox "had the promise of a professional football career" before this happened.
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