A woman has won Â£8,000 damages from Strathclyde police force after one of its officers knocked her to the ground while running after a suspect. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Mary Reilly, 74, was shopping in Glasgow's east end almost five years ago when Sgt Scott McCarren chased a car thief. The officer knocked Mrs Reilly over and she was left with a number of injuries. A sheriff ruled Sgt McCarren, of Strathclyde Police, had breached the duty of care expected of him. Mrs Reilly and her husband Patrick, 75, were shopping in Westmuir Street, Parkhead, on 9 June, 2002. The pavement was crowded with people waiting on an orange walk. 'Too fast' Scott McCarren, 29, then a constable, chased a suspect and bumped into Mrs Reilly, who is 4ft 9ins, and knocked here to the ground. He did not realise what had happened and continued to chase the suspect as others helped the woman. Mrs Reilly had two fractures - which caused chronic ulcers and repeated nosebleeds - and an injury to her forehead. The fall also brought on problems with her right hand, arm and shoulder exacerbated by her arthritis. The court was told she continues to suffer daily nosebleeds, joint pain and a loss of confidence of being outdoors. Sgt McCarren said that he could not deny "brushing" past her that day but that it was "unlikely" he had bumped into her. In a written judgement, Sheriff Ian Miller said it was not surprising the 6ft 3ins officer had no direct recollection of coming into contact with an elderly lady in a crowded street. He said Sgt McCarren's "fault and negligence" was to blame for the accident. "In the exercise of his duty as a police constable, he owed a duty of care to the woman," he said. "That duty was to take reasonable care for the safety of pedestrians including the pursuer and to avoid exposing her to the risk of injury. "In the circumstances that existed on that pavement, he ran too fast to avoid striking the pursuer and failed to keep a proper lookout for her."