A ten-year-old boy was left with horrific leg injuries after being trapped against a wall and dragged by a stolen car during a police chase in Leeds.
A court heard the youngster may be left with a permanent disability because of the actions of Darnell Anderson-Browne.
Anderson-Browne was sent to a young offenders institution for three years today over the incident which took place on the Lincoln Green Road, Leeds.
The 20-year-old mounted a pavement as he tried to avoid a police car blocking the path of the stolen BMW he was driving.
The vehicle then struck the youngster and trapped him against a wall in front of Freshways convenience store.
The boy was dragged along the wall by the vehicle as Anderson-Browne failed to stop.
Anderson-Browne managed to flee the scene before turning up for work 15 minutes later at a TGI Fridays in Leeds city centre where he was an apprentice chef.
Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said the boy suffered serious fractures to bones in his leg.
The victim has also lost pieces of bone from his knee and has to use a metal frame from to walk.
The prosecutor said the boy had been told it may take up to eight years for his injuries to heal and he could be left with a permanent limp.
The incident happened on December 15 last year.
The BMW had been stolen four days earlier after a break-in at a house on Beckett’s Park Drive.
Officers followed the vehicle after seeing Darnell-Browne driving in the Sheepscar area of the city.
He failed to stop and and drove through red lights at speed shortly before hitting the boy.
The court heard Anderson-Browne had also been the driver in a police chase in the Moortown area of Leeds in November 2016.
Anderson-Browne and three other men were in a stolen Toyota Corolla when he lost control and crashed on King Lane.
He also used a bank card which had been stolen in a burglary at a student flat in Hyde Park.
Anderson-Browne, of Oatland Green, Sheepscar, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving and fraud.
Mark McKone, mitigating, said Anderson-Browne was sorry for the injuries he had caused to the boy.
Mr McKone said his client had lost his apprenticeship as a result of being held in custody since his arrest.
The barrister said Anderson-Browne committed the offence through peer pressure and “getting in with the wrong crowd.”
Recorder Andrew Haslam said: “I have read with care the victim personal statement provided on behalf of (the victim) by his father and it makes moving reading.
“It is because of his tender years, too early to put a precise prognosis on his injuries.
“It may take eight years to heal properly.
“He will be almost your age by that stage and potentially may walk with a limp for the rest of his adult life.”