Terrifying footage shows the moment a disqualified driver smashed into a takeaway at 80mph.
Lewis Cadogan was speeding through Cardiff with police hot on his tail when he careers into Man Po takeaway
The spice and crack cocaine user had been driving his former partner's Vauxhall Astra, having been given the keys so he could get the tyres changed on June 8, 2018.
When he was spotted by police the 31-year-old refused to pull over, leading to a high speed pursuit.
He overtook stationary cars at traffic lights before hitting the establishment on the other side of the road.
Gemma Richards had been ordering food for her daughter's birthday when the car ploughed through the wall of the takeaway.
Leah Pollard, prosecuting at Newport Crown Court, said: "[Ms Richards] could hear a noise described as a screeching car. The noise was so loud it was unbelievable.
"The sound was getting closer and closer before the car went through the concrete beams and the shop window.
"The only thing she could do was put her head in her hands and wait for the car to hit. She thought she was going to die."
Ms Richards was later taken to hospital after suffering from a seizure linked to shock, bruises to her hip, stomach and right leg, and tissue damage in her right ankle.
As she delivered an emotional victim impact statement in court, she explained how her daughter now turns up the television so her mum won't be startled by the sound of screeching cars outside.
She said: "Since the incident I have been all over the place. I feel I don't know myself any more.
"Everything gets so hard to deal with on a daily basis. Even the littlest things. I just want to be in my house all the time. I feel so tired, I feel sorry for my children. The amount of times they see me crying.
"I just want to be normal again. I have been having flashbacks about the incident a few times a week. There is no warning. Everything around me feels like a danger. Every time I am in the car I feel overwhelmed.
"I don't let my kids play in the front garden any more because of the cars going down the street. It has wrecked my life.
"Some days I have said I think I wish he had killed me that day, I live it over and over, again and again and I feel I am never going to get over it.
"I wish I couldn't remember it."
David Lai, owner of the takeaway, said he was £16,500 out of pocket while he waits for the insurance company to repay him for the damage caused.
"I have had to borrow from friends and family in order to keep the business going," he said.
"I cannot open my shop to the public so I have to work from the back of the shop [for food deliveries].
"I have a six-month-old daughter and the seriousness of the incident has affected my life.
"I ended up missing payments on my mortgage."
Cadogan fled the scene covered in blood but was arrested at his former partner Kayleigh Carey's house the next day.
Having been granted bail, he was arrested for making a series of threatening phone calls to Ms Carey and her friend between February 13 and 18.
Describing one incident involving Ms Carey on February 14, Ms Pollard said: "[Ms Casey] received a voicemail from the defendant her to go outside.
"He was laughing and saying [the next] firework would be put through her letter box. The next voicemail was counting down.
"On her birthday he said he was going to find her, he would be looking for her.
"The message ended 'I am going to catch you f****r."
The phone calls have had a long lasting impact on Ms Carey.
"I just want him to leave me, my friends and family alone," the victim said, having received between 20 and 30 phone calls a day during the period.
"I am constantly looking over my shoulder. I don't go out as I think he will see me. I am constantly hiding from him but I should not have to. I have had to move else where with my three children and it's not fair on them."
Hashim Salman, defending, said there had been difficulties engaging with Cadogan while in custody.
He said: "Mr Cadogan has been as quiet about his personal circumstances as he has about everything else in this proceeding.
"He has a history of crack cocaine use and in particular with a drug commonly referred to as spice.
"It is a drug which has a profound effect on those who misuse it and this has prevailed in this case."
Mr Salman added the father-of-two had "serious" issues with self harm and suicidal ideation, and had been put under surveillance while in custody.
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