Drunk van driver ran over man after social distancing then continued drinking

Philip Forrest, 42, had been drinking at the Three Fishes pub in Worthing, West Sussex, in October 2020 and was reminded of Covid-19 rules by staff throughout the evening

Philip Forrest has been in prison for 10 years
Philip Forrest has been in prison for 10 years

A drunk driver who ran over a man with his van after arguing about social distancing in a pub has been jailed.

Philip Forrest, 42, had been drinking at the Three Fishes pub in Worthing, West Sussex, in October 2020 before the attack.

When he was arrested he also made an outrageous claim that being almost double the limit was “no big deal” and even boasted to police that he was once four times the limit, Lewes Crown heard court

Forrest had to be reminded by staff throughout the evening to comply with Covid-19 rules.

Later that night, he got into an argument with the victim, who began to worry about his lack of respect for social distancing.







Forrest was drinking at The Three Fishes pub in Worthing at the time of the argument
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The argument spread to the street, where Forrest slapped the 55-year-old victim in the face before fleeing on foot.

He then got into his white Vauxhall Combo van and started beating his victim, who fell to the ground and suffered serious injuries, including a broken arm.

Forrest didn’t stop, but witnesses said he had previously discussed going to another pub.

He was found drinking at the Golden Lion’s bar in nearby Durrington.

Police soon arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving, dangerous driving and aggravated assault.

He was found with 69 micrograms of alcohol on his breath. The legal limit is 35 mg.

Forrest, a carpenter, was jailed for 10 years and nine months after admitting all three offenses at Lewes Crown Court.

He must serve at least two-thirds of the sentence.

He also received a road ban for 10 years and seven months.

Investigating officer Lucy Hailes said: “The victim in this case had campaigned for another group who were insulting Forrest’s lack of respect for social distancing restrictions at the pub.

“Shortly afterwards he was attacked outside the pub and then deliberately run over by him, seriously injuring him.

“These were the actions of a mindless and dangerous criminal who also knowingly got behind the wheel of his vehicle knowing he had far exceeded the legal limit for drink driving.

“In a police interview, Forrest claimed he punched the victim in self-defense and suggested the man stepped in front of his vehicle and caused the collision.

“His account was not supported by witnesses or CCTV footage.

“He also stated that he had consumed several drinks at the Goldener Löwen prior to his arrest, suggesting he had not been driving over the limit. But again, his account was unsupported by the staff who served him.

“Forrest has taken no responsibility for his actions and has not expressed any remorse.

“He even dismissed the risks of drinking and driving, claiming that blowing 69 mcg was ‘no big deal,’ adding that on a previous occasion he had blown 140 mcg.”

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