A 22-year-old driver who allegedly struck two police officers at a random breath test site in Sydney's south-west, leaving them with serious injuries, has been granted bail after a court heard he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jakob Thornton is facing two charges of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm after hitting senior constables Jonathan Wright and Matthew Foley at Leumeah in February while he was using his mobile phone.
The injuries to Senior Constable Wright's right leg were so serious he had to have his foot and the lower part of his leg amputated.
In the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Peter Hamill said the charges Mr Thornton was facing were "very serious and usually, though not always, result in a full-time custodial sentence".
Despite this, Justice Hamill granted the 22-year-old bail with strict conditions including a $5,000 surety put up by his mother who was in court to support him.
Mrs Thornton cried as her son was granted bail and did not answer questions outside court.