A man has been jailed for seriously injuring a pedestrian in Tadley, after he was distracted by dog.
Louis Bond, 24, of Fairlawn Road, Tadley, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, after the incident on Mulfords Hill on 17 January, 2019.
It's after his BMW collided in the pedestrian, as he ran through a red light.
Bond was distracted by the dog, after it jumped from the back seat onto his passenger seat.
A 78-year-old woman broke both her legs, as well as her right shoulder as a result.
She had to spend over three months in hospital and can no longer walk without a frame.
Bond pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was handed a 15 month custodial sentence yesterday (20 February).
He has also been disqualified from driving for two years, following his release from prison.
PC Chris Brown, of the Roads Policing Unit, said:
“This case should serve as a warning to dog owners about just how dangerous not securing your dog in the car can be.
“The victim was left with extremely serious injuries and it is lucky that she was not killed.
“I want to remind people about the serious consequences that come with distractions when you’re behind the wheel.
“The Highway Code says that all animals must be kept suitably restrained in a vehicle so they do not distract or injure you, and we have seen here that failure to do so can be so dangerous.
“Please make sure your pets are secured, not just for their safety but for yours and other people’s safety as well.”