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Hit-run driver who left cop for dead is caged; Judge condemns 'appalling' crime as he jails liar for 7 years and 3 months.

Byline: david meikle

A HIT AND RUN driver who maimed a policeman then left him alone, terrified and in agony has been jailed for seven years and three months.

Liar Alan Tait told his victim he would get help but then fled and did nothing, leaving him in a dark field.

He even told a driver who gave him a lift that no one else was involved in the accident. Victim Ewan Simpson suffered multiple fractures and lost a leg.

Sentencing yesterday at the High Court in Lanark, Lord Bannatyne told Tait his behaviour was appalling and it was hard to imagine Ewan's fear and pain.

Tait, 36, of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, fell asleep at the wheel just after midnight on October 27 last year. He veered across the road and smashed into Ewan, 32, who was heading home from work on his motorbike.

Ewan was hurled some distance into the field.

As he screamed in pain, Tait got out of his Volvo and asked if he was OK. He then walked off, claiming he would get help, even though Ewan begged him to stay.

The driver who gave Tait a lift to Fraserburgh told how he refused an offer to use his phone and said no one else was involved.

Ewan tried to drag himself out of the field but got caught on wire. He threw his helmet into the road to try to attract attention.

He was eventually found when two passing nurses heard his cries for help.

Ewan lost part of his shattered right leg and spent two months in hospital. His right arm was also badly broken.

Tait pled guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving on the A952 near Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire. He was driving home from Liverpool at the time.

He also admitted driving without insurance and failing to get help and was banned from driving for 10 years. His lawyer said he was sorry.

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