A MOTORIST narrowly avoided “a long time” in prison for causing injury by dangerous driving.
Adam Paul Agar (25) was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday for the incident last October 10.
Agar, of Hallam Close, Wombwell, was also charged with grievous bodily harm against Jason Bennett on the same day, but was found not guilty at trial.
But he was convicted of driving his Mitsubishi L200 dangerously on Barnsley Road, Barnsley and thereby causing injury.
The court heard that Agar was not currently working and received disability allowance for anxiety, but was hoping to qualify as a scaffolder soon.
Judge Graham Reeds passed a 19-month jail term, which was suspended for two years.
He also banned Agar from driving for three years and made an order to deprive him of his truck.
Agar was also ordered to do 16 hours of rehabilitation, perform 180 hours of unpaid work, abide by a curfew for six months and pay a £140 victim surcharge.
Judge Reeds told him: “I want to make this quite plain to you. Initially, my impression was that you should go to prison for a long time for this.
“Your barrister persuaded me to the contrary, and you have to thank him for that.”