A MAN who allegedly assaulted a woman in Yeovil before hauling her out of her car and driving off in it has appeared in court facing a charge of robbery.

Robert William Way was said to have been dunk and walking in the middle of the road when he approached the complainant’s car and got in before punching her on the back.

He was then alleged to have grabbed her by the shoulders, pulled her out of the vehicle and allegedly screamed at her: “Take me to Crewkerne now. I don’t give a f*** just take me to Crewkerne.”

He was then said to have removed her from the car and drove off and was later discovered to be a banned driver.

Way, 27, of Seaborough View, Crewkerne, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil.

He was charged that on September 13 last year at Hendford Hill, Yeovil, he robbed Deborah March of a Honda vehicle.

He was also alleged to have driven that while disqualified during the same incident.

The defendant did not enter pleas to either offence and the magistrates said the case was so serious that he must be sent to Taunton Crown Court to stand trial.

They adjourned proceedings until February 24 when Way must appear at a pre-trial hearing at Taunton and in the meantime he was released on unconditional bail.