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Fort William man Graham Douglas jailed for dangerous driving

Andy MacLeod
Image caption Andy MacLeod carried the Olympic torch last year

A motorist has been jailed for 10 months following a crash in which a cyclist lost his lower right leg and suffered a serious head injury.

Scaffolder Graham Douglas, 29, of Fort William, was driving at 67mph in a 30mph zone when he collided with Andy MacLeod, 20, in March 2011.

Lewis-born Mr MacLeod was thrown more than 60m (200ft) into the air in the night-time crash in Fort William.

A year later, Mr MacLeod climbed Ben Nevis and carried the Olympic torch.

At Fort William Sheriff Court, Douglas was jailed for 10 months for dangerous driving and a further month, to run consecutively, for a bail offence.

He was also banned from driving for three-and-a-half years.

Sheriff Noel McPartlin had earlier deferred sentence for a background report.

Mr MacLeod, who wears a prosthetic leg, carried the Olympic torch during a Scottish section of the UK torch relay last year.

He also walked to the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain.

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