Czech businessman Roman Janoušek
Czech businessman Roman Janoušek and former Prague city mayor Pavel Bem

Influential Czech businessman Roman Janoušek is facing up to 13 years in prison for allegedly running over a woman while driving drunken mid-morning.

Janoušek, nicknamed Voldemort after the evil character in Harry Potter, crashed his Porsche into a stationary Volvo, and then ran over its female driver. He attempted to escape on foot, but his intoxicated run into the park was captured on CCTV and went viral on YouTube.

The businessman and lobbyist was allegedly under the influence of drugs, according to a hospital source. He was charged with causing grievous bodily harm as well as driving the influence of an addictive substance.

"It felt a bit like watching a Tarantino movie," Jindrich Sidlo, a commentator for the leading financial daily, Hospodarske Noviny, told the BBC.

"The sight of this guy running away from the police in a park after almost killing someone in his car... it was incredibly tragicomic. This isn't the way notorious gangsters are supposed to meet their end."

The incident came after a scandal involving the former Prague city mayor Pavel Bem and the same Janoušek, who had long been labelled the "shadow mayor". Transcripts of conversations between the two, who are long-time friends, were published in a local daily, revealing a network that allegedly rigged the city finances, selling off city property and overseeing huge development projects.