Pedestrians hit in drink-drive rampage in Hull city centre: victim tells how people dived from path of car
A MAN has spoken of the terrifying moment he was mowed down by a drink-driver.
Andy Peace was run over while on a night out to celebrate his 32nd birthday in Hull city centre.
Driver Corey Eastwood twice mounted the pavement during the drunken rampage on a Saturday night, leaving people running for safety.
Mr Peace, of north Bransholme, said: "It was chaos. There were people diving everywhere to get out of his way.
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"It is lucky no one was killed with the way he was driving. He was out of control."
Eastwood was only stopped when a car blocked his path and Mr Peace punched him through the driver's window, before taking the keys out of the ignition.
Eastwood, 20, of Thanet Road, east Hull, is now facing jail after admitting dangerous driving and drink-driving.
Mr Peace suffered a broken metatarsal and has been fitted with a temporary cast while he awaits the result of a CT scan to assess any ligament damage.
Mr Peace claims his cousin Jamie Peace, 21, and friend Caroline Watson, 24, were also run over and suffered foot and leg injuries. Both were treated at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Mr Peace said: "I hope they throw the book at him. He deserves to go to prison. He could have killed someone.
"It was like there was nobody behind the wheel. When I looked at him, he looked out of it. It was like he was looking through me, not at me.
"The police said he was so legless, he couldn't stand up."
Mr Peace and his partner Emma Middleton, 26, had just left the Soho Lounge in Posterngate when they first saw Eastwood.
"Emma was walking just ahead of me and started to cross the road when I saw reverse lights heading towards her," he said.
"I ran out and pushed her out of the way and he nearly hit me, so I went to the side of the car and told him to be careful.
"He looked really, really drunk and he just put his foot down and started driving backwards again.
"Everybody was literally jumping out of his way. He crashed into some barriers outside the Kingston Hotel and hit someone who didn't get out of the way in time.
"His bumper was hanging off but he started driving forwards again and mounted the pavement.
"Then he drove back across the road and mounted the other side of the pavement, which is when he hit me and my cousin, and drove off."
His path was then blocked by a car.
"I was in a lot of pain but I managed to go over and punched him in the face through the window," said Mr Peace.
"Then lots of bouncers came over and pulled him out of the car. There were people everywhere who were trying to get to him and hit him.
"Within a couple of seconds, the police were there and had him on the floor.
"I am just glad nobody was killed or seriously hurt. I am angry about what has happened to me but really, everyone was very lucky."
Eastwood was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and drink-driving.
He pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared at Hull Magistrates' Court.
He was remanded in custody but has since been released ahead of sentencing at Hull Crown Court later this month.