Hunstanton man given suspended prison sentence for 'rally driver' antics at camp site
A man from Hunstanton who attacked his own father before driving round a camp site "like a rally driver" has been given a suspended prison term.
Police say a mother stood in the path of 27-year-old Ryan Harrowing during the incident, as she feared he was about to hit a tent where her children were sleeping.
Two of his own children were also in the car at the time.
Harrowing, of Waveney Road, Hunstanton, was sentenced to 10 months in jail, suspended for two years, at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday.
He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The case relates to an incident at the Mad Hatters campsite in Queen Adelaide, near Ely, on August 7 last year.
Harrowing punched his father several times to the head and chest following an argument.
He then put two of his children into his Volkswagen Golf and drove between tents and on grass footpaths.
At one point, he swerved to avoid hitting a woman who had stood in front of a tent where her children were sleeping, and which she feared he was heading towards.
Police detained him nearby.
The court was told that Harrowing had a history of mental health issues and had no recollection of the incident but pleaded guilty due to his remorse at his behaviour.
In addition to the suspended sentence, Harrowing was banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £685 compensation. He was also told to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and 30 days' rehabilitation activity.
Speaking after the hearing, PC Joe Braddick, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Harrowing’s behaviour that day was inexplicable and utterly reckless. He drove around a crowded area like a rally driver with no thought to the harm he could do.
“He narrowly missed a number of members of the public, coming so close to one woman that he knocked her flipflop off.
“Thankfully nobody was injured but it could have easily been much worse.”