A MECHANIC has ended up in prison after leading police on a high-speed chase in his father’s rickety car while driving it uninsured and without permission.
Mohammed Shakeel, of Boynton Street, West Bowling, Bradford, had two friends with him in the 15-year-old Vauxhall Zafira and was driving to get food when police – alerted to the vehicle’s condition – tried to get him to stop, according to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
Prosecutor Philip Adams told Bradford Crown Court, pictured, that during the 10-minute chase through central Bradford on May 2 the 22-year-old, who admitted dangerous driving and driving without insurance, had put pedestrians’ lives at risk, driving at twice the speed limit – 60mph in a 30mph zone – the wrong way round roundabouts and on the wrong side of the road in his bid to evade police. All three jumped out of the car when it suddenly slowed down.
In mitigation, barrister Giles Grant said Shakeel had no previous convictions and had recently been made redundant from his job as a trained motor mechanic. He told the court that Shakeel knew he was uninsured and panicked when told to stop by police.
Judge Jonathan Rose jailed Shakeel for six months, handed him a 21-month driving ban and said he must take an extensive retest before he could have his licence returned.
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