A driver who crashed into a pedestrian after a police pursuit has been jailed for three years.
Gentjan Lalaj, of no fixed abode, seriously injured civil engineer Tom Carey in Bevois Hill, Southampton, when his car mounted the pavement on March 27 this year.
Mr Carey, 27, was thrown over a wall and suffered a tear to his liver, a fractured kneecap, dislocated shoulder, tendon and ligament damage and a broken nose.
The car then collided with the wall before bursting into flames and damaging a parked Audi.
Lalaj, 27, was previously found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Southampton Crown Court. He was also found guilty of driving with no insurance and otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
Yesterday he was jailed for three years and disqualified from driving for six and a half years.
The incident was captured on CCTV and on the police vehicle’s dash cam.
Mr Carey, who has given permission for the footage to be shared, spent 12 days in hospital.
A mandatory referral was made to the IOPC but a subsequent investigation found no evidence of police misconduct.
PC Simon Bradbury from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘This is the one of the worst cases of dangerous driving I have seen in the last ten years.
‘Lalaj showed absolutely no regard for the law, or for the other people he was sharing the road with.
‘This culminated in the horrifying collision with Mr Carey, who was extremely fortunate not to be killed. I absolutely commend Mr Carey for the bravery he has shown during proceedings and for making his victim personal statement which showed the true and ongoing impact of the collision.
‘Despite his excellent recovery he has been left with injuries from which he may never fully recover.
‘I hope the sentence will go some way towards helping Mr Carey find closure and cause others who might consider acting in a similar way, to stop and think of the devastation that could occur.’