A TEENAGER who drove over a man after a queue-jumping row at a McDonald's drive-thru in Essex has been jailed.

Martin Moran was 16 at the time of the incident when he drove in front of a car at the drive-thru in Harlow's Oaks Retail Park shortly after Saturday, August 28 2021. At the time, there were about 15 cars in a queue waiting to place orders.

Two people from the car got out and approached the Audi driver. Following an argument about queue-jumping, the two men decided to get back in their car.

As they walked in front of the Audi, Moran revved his engine before striking one of the men, causing him to fall.

In an attempt to get away, the Audi drove over the victim, a man aged in his 20s, as he lay on the floor.

The Audi was located 12 hours later, and the driver identified as Moran, of High Street, Roydon, who was later charged with GBH with intent.

The now 19-year-old was jailed for two years and 10 months when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday 5 July.

Detective Constable Blair, investigating the assault, said: “The victim truly believed that Moran was going to kill him as he carried out this vicious, cowardly assault. 

“The victim suffered several injuries that will be life changing for him.

“I’d like to thank him for supporting this investigation throughout his recovery – it must have been difficult for him to recall the details and relive the incident. But his bravery has meant Moran has been appropriately sentenced for his actions.”