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A PUB bouncer says he is lucky to be alive after a drunk driver smashed into him deliberately at 30mph.

Father-of-three Leszek Kaminski, 31, was on the door at the George in Cleckheaton when Luke Hayes-Ward, who had been thrown out of the pub, drove straight into him, leaving him with injuries so serious he ended up on life support.

Hayes-Ward, who went home in a taxi, drove back to the pub to hit his victim with his car.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and drink driving.

The 24-year-old, of Whitechapel Grove, Cleckheaton, has now been jailed for six years and eight months following the April 15 attack.

After the case Mr Kaminski told the Guardian: “I was outside on the phone at about 2am when the car hit me. I can’t remember what happened because it knocked me unconscious.”

Shocked bar staff rang the emergency services and Mr Kaminski, whose right leg was shattered, was rushed to hospital.

When he arrived, doctors realised toxins from his broken bones were poisoning him. He was put on a life support machine while they worked to save him.

He spent three weeks in hospital.

He said: “Now I have problems with my leg and I have a slipped disc. I have three pieces of metal in my leg.”

Mr Kaminski said he may not be able to go back to work this year. His partner Joanna was now supporting him and their three children.

And he said he did not know whether he would ever work as a bouncer again.

He said: “Bouncers have lots of situations – I know how it is in that work. I was just trying to do my job.

“I feel lucky to be alive.”

Sgt Guy Shackleton, from Spen NPT, said: “A male and female were ejected from the George in Market Street. They had an argument with the doorman and got into a taxi.

“A short time later the male came back in a maroon Peugeot 306 and knocked the doorman over. He hit him at 30mph and Mr Kaminski went over the car, shattering his leg. In hospital they discovered toxins in his blood and he ended up in the high dependency unit on a life support machine. It was touch and go and this could quite easily have been a murder investigation.”

Insp Tim Holland, from Spen NPT, said: “This was a disproportionate reaction to what had happened earlier in the night.

“Through the hard work of Sgt Guy Shackleton and his team, the offender submitted guilty pleas and has been sentenced for this crime.

“Incidents like this are rare and fortunately Mr Kaminski survived his ordeal.”