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Crash victim hits out at Appeal Court decision
A MAN seriously injured when a high-speed chase ended in a collision has hit out after the driver who hit him had his sentence halved on appeal.
John Cawston was hit by Stephen Lewis’ van just yards from his home in High Northgate, Darlington, last October.
The 64-year-old has since undergone extensive treatment for his injuries, with further operations needed.
Lewis, 51, from Thornaby, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for knocking down Mr Cawston.
This was reduced to six months earlier this week, after the Court of Appeal ruled that the driver chasing Lewis, 21-year-old Liam Berry, was more responsible for Mr Cawston’s injuries.
Lewis and Berry engaged in the chase following a dispute at a dogging site in Darlington.
Mr Cawston described Lewis’ move to have his sentence cut as "very cheeky".
He said: “I am still having to go to hospital a lot, so of course I am not happy about this.
“When I heard about this, I went out for a drink, it was very upsetting.
“It is very cheeky, he [Lewis] nearly killed me, I am really annoyed.”