Jealous man who ran over love rival locked up.
Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A JEALOUS boyfriend has been jailed for running over his love rival when a five-year feud turned violent.
In a fit of rage, drunk Paul Summerly slammed his PS20,000 Mercedes "square on" in to Ryan Lablache, sending him flying on to the bonnet and crashing to the ground.
Witnessed by the victim's horrified father, Mr Lablache lay injured and semi-conscious on the road as Summerly droveoff with a smashed windscreen.
A court heard Summerly, who was the partner of Mr Lablache's ex, had turned up at Mr Lablache's family home on Dulverton Avenue, South Shields, in the early hours of the morning, demanding a fight.
The 40-year-old dad then used his vehicle to ram the sides of Mr Lablache's and his father's parked cars. He then reversed up the street, revving his engine, as Mr Lablache came out of the house and threw a plant pot at his windscreen.
Seconds later, he drove the car directly towards a shocked Mr Lablache.
Now, Summerly, of Donside Close, Bolden Colliery, said been jailed for 42 months after admitting attempting to cause GBH, dangerous driving, two counts of criminal damage and failing to provide a specimen at Newcastle Crown Court.
Recorder Nicholas Barker said: "You were clearly in a rage, a rage brought about by the irrational resentment and anger you felt for Ryan Lablache. A rage fuelled undoubtedly by alcohol."
Mr Lablache suffered back pain and bruising and had to undergo physiotherapy. Gavin Doig, mitigating, said Summerly was a devoted family man and had a good job.