VIDEO: Man jailed for two years for attempted carjack in Plymouth
A MAN who tried to hijack a stranger's car as he drove away has been jailed for two years.
Stephen Martin, aged 29, smashed the window of the Vauxhall while waving a pole, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
But he could not remember why he did it after a night out drinking.
Martin, of Windsor Street, Liverpool, admitted attempted robbery, changing his plea on the day of his trial last month.
Judge Ben Compton said: "You attacked him in a car in an attempt to effectively hijack that car. You were drunk at the time."
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution, said victim Zana Said was sitting in his Vauxhall Astra in Octagon Street when he was attacked on May 29 last year.
He played CCTV coverage which showed Martin approach and without warning open the car driver's passenger door and smash the window, even as it pulled away.
Mr Verheijen said Mr Said told police he was aggressively told to get out of the car and threatened while Martin brandished a length of metal pipe.
He added the victim managed to close the car door and drive away.
The court heard Martin badly cut himself on the broken glass, leaving blood in the car and Mr Said's shirt.
The blood was later matched to Martin's DNA.
The court heard he had a long record for offences including affray and burglary.
Shiraz Aziz, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the offence was "fuelled by alcohol" and was opportunistic.
He added Martin did not want the cash nor the car and in fact had £300 on him.
Mr Aziz said Mr Said was not hurt and did not call the police himself, instead going to a car wash to clean his vehicle.