A MOTORIST has been given a suspended jail sentence for failing to stop after hitting a pensioner, causing multiple injuries including two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and a ruptured bladder.

Simon Timothy Milner, 46, who was given 16 weeks in prison suspended for a year, pulled up about half a mile away from the accident at Birdwell after being chased by another driver.

Allotment holder Melvyn Pickering, 73, spent nine weeks in hospital, is still housebound and has a scar from his knee to his ankle.

Milner, of Dodworth, was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to do 240 hours of unpaid work.

But Owen Gleadall, presiding, said the bench had ruled out making Milner pay anything to Mr Pickering as it would hinder any future claims for compensation in a civil court.

Mr Gleadall said: "The most serious aspect of this case was your failure to stop. We are in no doubt that you had no intention of stopping until you were pursued by the other vehicle."

Waseem Raja, prosecuting, said an eyewitness said Milner seemed to be puling into Hilltop Garage on Sheffield Road, Birdwell, and Mr Pickering assumed it would be safe to cross the road.

He said Milner did not appear to alter speed and Mr Pickering ran when he saw Milner's Mercedes bearing down on him.

Alan Greaves, defending, said Milner had a lapse of concentration and did not know he had hit Mr Pickering.

Milner, who admitted failing to stop after an accident and driving without due care and attention, was ordered to pay £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £80.