A teenager who hit another young man in his car and carried him for 70 metres on the bonnet clinging to the windscreen wiper turned out to be a drug dealer as well as a dangerous driver.

Jack Nash-Day of Bodtegwel, Abergele was sent to a detention centre for four years and two months and banned from the road for six years.

Prosecutor Simon Mintz told Judge Huw Rees at Caernarfon crown court on Monday that Nash-Day had only passed his test three weeks previously when in April last year he crashed into a wall in a narrow lane at Abergele then continued into Water Street before he stopped.

Mr Taylor, aged 23 "was left clinging to the bonnet and grabbed the windscreen wiper to prevent him falling into the road," said Mr MIntz. He broke both wrists and had other injuries. Nash-Day blamed inattention and said he had driven off because he was scared.

Mr Mintz said it was when police examined his mobile phone that it was revealed that Nash-Day was a local drug dealer, and one message declared: "I have eight lads selling for me." There were 32 conversations with customers.

Nash-Day pleaded guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving and to being concerned in the supply of mainly cannabis but also crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin.

Matthew Curtis, defending, said Nash-Day, because of his lack of experience, had panicked after hitting the wall. He said the drugs involved in the dealing were mainly cannabis, and he had been a user since he was 14.

Judge Rees sent him to a detention centre for a year and ten months for dangerous driving and two years and four months for the four drugs offences - four years and two months in all. Judge Rees said he took into account his youth and that he "had the good sense to plead guilty".