A 21 year old man who caused serious injury to a pedestrian after a police pursuit in Southampton, was jailed for three years and disqualified from driving for six and a half years today, (Thursday).
Gentjan Lalaj, of no fixed abode, had earlier been 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.
The court heard Lalaj was driving a Volvo that failed to stop for officers on March 27 this year. It was involved in a pursuit and then collided with 27 year old civil engineer Tom Carey in Bevois Hill, Southampton.
The Volvo mounted the pavement, striking the victim and throwing him over a wall. The car collided with the wall before bursting into flame and causing damage to a parked Audi.
The pursuit and collision was captured on CCTV and on the police vehicle’s dash cam.
Mr Carey was seriously injured in the collision and spent 12 days in hospital immediately afterwards. He has given permission for footage of the collision to be broadcast. Please be aware, you may find the content upsetting.
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After the collision, Lalaj tried to make off on foot but was apprehended by officers nearby.
A mandatory referral was made to the IOPC but a subsequent investigation found no evidence of police misconduct.
The victim, who is from Rochester, Kent, sustained a tear to his liver, a fractured kneecap, dislocated shoulder, tendon and ligament damage and a broken nose.
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 today’s 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.”