Police have released shocking CCTV video showing the moments before and after a hit-and-run in Braunton.

In the footage, Gary Scholes, who was sent to prison last week for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, can be seen driving his van wrecklessly.

Scholes, 36, of Albert Road, Farnworth, Bolton, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop or report an accident.

Before hitting Braunton surfer Karma Worthington on the pedestrian crossing on Exeter Road, Scholes had many near misses.

In fact, investigating officer PC Rod Lomas said it was the worst piece of driving over a prolonged period he had ever seen.

The damage to the vehicle caused in the hit-and-run. Picture: Devon and Cornwall PoliceThe damage to the vehicle caused in the hit-and-run. Picture: Devon and Cornwall Police

In the CCTV Scholes can be seen driving his silver van at speeds up to 51mph, in 30mph limits, moments before the accident.

He had already overtaken on off duty policeman by driving through two red lights, gone the wrong way round a roundabout and two traffic islands, and had a series of near misses before the accident.

The CCTV shows one near miss as a woman tries to get out of her own car.

Karma was thrown about 30 feet ‘like a rag doll’ by the impact with the van, which cracked the windscreen.

PC Lomas said: “It is only with the help of the public that we were able to show the full extent of appalling Scholes driving and I would like to thank the witnesses for coming forward and their assistance as we, the police, simply cannot function without the help of the public.

“Not only was the driving displayed by Scholes simply awful, the fact that he fled the scene and went to ground for 18 hours compounds the issue, and that was duly reflected in his sentence.

“This case demonstrates again that we will do all we can to bring those driving in this way to justice.”