A clubber drove a BMW into a man outside a Liverpool bar in revenge for being thrown out of the venue minutes earlier.
But the 42-year-old, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, instead ploughed the car into a stranger.
Liverpool Crown Court heard McNamara had been in the Temple Court bar on Thursday, April 5.
But he was told to leave after a “disagreement” with door staff.
Angered at being thrown out, he went back to his car and carried out his attempted revenge attack.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was ejected from the Remeniss bar in Temple Court, Liverpool. Two doormen were instrumental in his ejection, one of whom was Darren Abott.
“The defendant was clearly very unhappy about this and was aggressive and threatening.”
McNamara shouted at the doormen, telling them “you’re dead” and “watch what happens”.
Mr Duncan added: “Just after 1am Mr Abbot became aware of a car. He took cover in the bar doorway and shouted for everyone to get out of the way. This is a pedestrian area, the defendant had to knock through one of the bollards that rises up and down in order to get through.
“He drove down that pedestrian area, people had to move out of the way. The car swerved towards a group of people who Mr Abbott had been in but he had seen the car coming and took refuge in the doorway.”
McNamara wanted to strike Mr Abbott, but instead rammed one man – Stephen Kearney – into the air.
The victim suffered bruising and was taken to hospital.
The court heard a second man may also have been hit but left uninjured.
McNamara, of Fountains Road in Kirkdale , was stopped at the scene before being arrested.
Tests showed he had cocaine in his system and was over the drink drive limit.
John Rowan, defending, said his client has little memory of the incident.
He said: “Because of his lack of memory he has – and is still – finding it very difficult to come to terms with what came over him that night but he is genuinely remorseful and genuinely ashamed of his behaviour.”
The incident was described as “out of character” and McNamara, a dad-of-five, was said to be “devastated” about the prospect of missing time with his children.
On his original sentencing date, two weeks ago, he was only told his partner had gone into labour that morning when he arrived in the dock.
The court heard that, just before his attack, he had been diagnosed with an illness that increased his vulnerability to throat cancer.
He was sentenced today after admitting a cocktail of offences linked to the incident, which police said could have had “catastrophic consequences for any of those people in the immediate vicinity”.
McNamara admitted attempted grievous bodily harm – the target being Mr Abbott, the doorman he wanted to hit; assaulting a person occasioning actual bodily harm – for hitting Mr Kearney; drink driving; drug driving; and dangerous driving.
Sentencing him to 45 months in jail, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, told McNamara he accepted he was genuinely remorseful but that his actions must have “terrified” anyone in sight.
Following the hearing, Detective Inspector Phil Mahon said: “The actions of McNamara in April were incredibly reckless and could have had catastrophic consequences for any of those people in the immediate vicinity. The sentence today reflects this.
“McNamara had been involved in disagreements with door staff during the night, and retreated to his vehicle to try and get what he clearly regarded as some kind of revenge, whilst under the influence of both drink and drugs.
“His despicable actions resulted in injuries to a member of the public who was simply stood outside the bar with friends. The potential for more people to be seriously injured is clear to see from the CCTV footage.
“We are grateful to all of those witnesses who have come forward to assist the investigation, and hope that everyone affected by this incident shares our belief that a dangerous man has now been taken away for the foreseeable future.
“If you have any concerns that someone you know is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, please come forward to police or Crimestoppers and we will take action to remove them from the streets.”
Source – liverpool echo