A TALENTED student has been caged for mowing down a schoolboy while drunk – and then fleeing the scene.

Katie Allan, a chef who was studying geography at the University of Glasgow, hoped to become a researcher or teacher after she graduated.

However, she now finds herself behind bars after she was jailed for running over her 15-year-old victim.

Allan downed four pints of cider before trying to drive home from the pub on August 10 last year.

On the way, she hit the central reservation, lost control of the vehicle and hit the boy, who was out running at the time.

Allan, 20, struck him with such force that her car’s bumper was ripped off.

She then sped off in her Ford Fiesta, leaving her victim lying unconscious on the pavement, with blood pouring from his head.

The schoolboy, who was preparing to sit his Highers at the time, also suffered a broken ankle and a fractured eye socket in the incident, which took place in Giffnock.

Last month, at Paisley Sheriff Court, Allan pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to the teenager by driving dangerously, as well as driving with 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost four times the 22mcg limit – both in breach of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The collision took place at around 9pm as the boy, who was wearing headphones, was running along Eastwoodmains Road, towards Eastwood Toll.

Allan’s car registration was given to police by a witness and officers found her drunk at her home.

When Allan returned to the dock this week to learn her fate, defence solicitor Amy Spencer said her client was “truly sorry.”

However, Sheriff David Pender caged Allan for 16 months, reduced from two years as she had admitted her guilt.

He also banned Allan, of Muirend, Glasgow, from driving for four years and told her to pass the extended test before she can return to the roads.