Man jailed after Potters Bar petrol station fracas

PUBLISHED: 11:02 09 September 2018

The Tesco petrol station at the store on Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Tesco petrol station at the store on Mutton Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Potters Bar man has been jailed after attempting to drive away from a petrol station while dragging a security guard along with him.

Robert Aron, 37, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, as well as driving whilst disqualified, uninsured and over the legal limit during a fracas on April 20.

Summarising the evidence, judge Eason Rajah QC said that following a dispute at Tesco’s petrol station in Mutton Lane, Aron ran to his car and attempted to drive off.

The Bornedene resident was pursued by the security guard, who had opened the driver’s door, but the defendant then accelerated forward – dragging the Tesco employee along with him for about 10 metres.

Aron then stopped, with the guard still clinging on, before reversing at speed and causing him to fall underneath the car door and dislocate his shoulder.

The chaos continued as several passers-by then went to help the injured employee, while others desperately tried to stop Aron from driving off.

After one member of the public got into the car and struggled with the defendant, police were called and Aron was arrested.

It later emerged that he was over the legal limit for driving, his car was uninsured and he was driving after being disqualified for a previous offence.

In his police interview, Aron said there had been a “misunderstanding” and the security guard had been rude to him, so he decided to leave and go to his car, but panicked as a lot of people were nearby.

Defending barrister John Lamb said he suffers with mental health issues including depression, is alcohol-dependant and has been described as “vulnerable”.

Roberts, who had only recently served an 18-month jail sentence, has six previous convictions for 13 offences, which included aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

Mr Lamb said Aron initially cooperated with the security guard and did not intend to hurt him, and has since demonstrated a great deal of remorse. He works part-time reconditioning cars in Radlett and has rent arrears of £6,000.

Judge Rajah sentenced Aron to 11 months’ prison, half of which will be served in jail and the remainder on licence.

He was also disqualified from driving for just under two years.

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