A violent thug is facing jail after he dragged a woman along a road by his car before he drove at her boyfriend when he came to her aid.
Daniel Walmsley was arrested in July after footage of him ploughing into a man in Newcastle's Bigg Market went viral on social media.
In the video a woman can be seen remonstrating with the driver of a black Ford Focus.
The driver of the Focus then quickly reverses and tries to drive away from the area, dangerously throwing the woman to the floor.
The woman’s boyfriend then began to remonstrate with the driver but the vehicle instead accelerated towards him.
He was hurled across the street and crashed against a lamppost before the driver of the Focus slammed on the accelerator and drove away from the scene.
The man and woman were able to walk away from the collision with no serious injuries but they left the area before officers arrived on the scene.
An investigation was launched and officers reviewed further CCTV footage that showed the couple arguing with the driver in the minutes before the incident.
A court heard how it also showed the driver push the woman to the ground before the rest of the incident then unfolded as seen on camera footage shared on social media.
The day after the incident police were able to identify the two victims but neither of them were willing to support the police investigation.
Despite the setback, officers continued with their enquiries and were later able to identify the driver as 28-year-old Daniel Walmsley.
Walmsley, of White Oaks, Leam Lane, Gateshead, was later arrested and charged before he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday where he admitted causing actual bodily harm and dangerous driving.
Following the case, investigating officer Detective Constable Phil Hoggins said the case showed people can still be convicted even when victims don't support a prosecution.
Det Con Hoggins said: "This was a very high profile incident as video footage of the assault was shared thousands of times on social media.
"It took place on a busy Saturday in Newcastle in an area of the city centre that was packed with people enjoying a night out.
"The actions of Daniel Walmsley were dangerous, reckless and put the lives of innocent people who were enjoying their evening at risk.
"Using your vehicle as a weapon can have serious consequences and both victims in this case were extremely lucky not to suffer any serious injuries.
"In the end they did not want to support the police investigation but this case shows we will still pursue violent offenders who put the public at risk.
"We have excellent CCTV coverage in the city centre and there were a number of witnesses so we were able to gather the evidence we needed to secure a conviction.
"Now Daniel Walmsley faces a significant spell behind bars and I hope this sends a strong message to those who resort to such mindless violence."
Walmsley had initially been charged with causing grievous bodily harm but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accepted a plea to the lesser charge of causing actual bodily harm at court.
He also pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance
Walmsley was remanded in custody and will now be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on April 17.