A mobility scooter user has been jailed after he crashed into a four-year-old child in Dundee.
39-year-old Eric Stewart was charged with driving a mobility scooter while unfit through drink or drugs and for driving the scooter without due care or attention.
While not seriously injured, the child was badly bruised and received treatment for her arm, according to a local newspaper report.
The incident took place a year ago and Stewart, of the Lily Walker Centre, Ann Street, admitted both charges involving the mobility scooter.
According to the Dundee Evening Telegraph, Sheriff John Rafferty said the offence merited a jail sentence.
Carolyn Leckie, Stewart’s solicitor, said: “He quite rightly doesn’t have access to a mobility scooter and he relies on his support worker. He does have multiple health problems.”
Sherriff Rafferty sentenced Stewart to nine months in prison and disqualified him from holding a driving licence for three years.
He added: “This is a terrible case in the first instance and I tried to see if anything could be done in respect of your drug abuse and you failed to comply.
“It’s a dreadful report and it is clear a custodial sentence is the only way to deal with this matter.”