A hero cop stopped a runaway car before it crashed into a fence and hit an elderly man.
PC William Murray dived into the BMW X5 and slammed on the brakes after it rolled down a hill.
The near-miss came after Declyn McNeill and his passenger fled from the car after a chase.
McNeill, 24, of Camelon Crescent, Blantyre, was jailed for five months at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
He admitted culpably and recklessly leaving the car without applying the hand brake, to the danger of the pensioner and PC Murray.
He also admitted possessing cannabis and driving carelessly and without insurance in Blantyre on the same day, June 22. Jennifer Cunningham, prosecuting, said plain clothes police officers waving a warrant card tried to speak to the driver in Maxwell Crescent about 3.30pm, but McNeill sped off.
She said: “The officers were able to maintain position behind the accused’s vehicle and saw it was exceeding the 30mph speed limit. It was swerving all over the road.
“The officers followed the BMW into Morris Crescent then noticed the driver and his passenger were no longer in the vehicle and both front doors were open.
“The car was rolling down the street directly to where an elderly man was in his garden. PC Murray was forced to jump into the moving vehicle and managed to apply the brakes just as it reached the fence.” Ali Murray, defending, said McNeill wished to apologise for his behaviour, stating: “It was wrong to drive off, but it was a panic reaction because the officers weren’t in uniform and came from an unmarked vehicle.”
Jailing McNeill, Sheriff Daniel Kelly said: “Driving off was one thing, but matters got progressively worse, resulting in a clearly dangerous situation as the car went downhill.”
McNeill had his licence endorsed with eight penalty points.
PC Murray said: “I had to think quickly as the car started to move downhill. The priority was to protect people and surrounding properties.
“I jumped into the moving car and managed to stop it. My colleagues managed to arrest the driver, so it was a good bit of work all round.”