Burnley man jailed after high speed police chase

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A Burnley man has been jailed for dangerous driving after he was involved in a high speed car chase with police through the streets of Burnley and Pendle.

Zahid Tabassum (31) of Barden Lane, was driving his brother’s Volkswagen Golf when he was spotted by police before speeding off from Elm Street at 1-40pm on February 5th.

Burnley Crown Court heard how a video inside a pursuing police car clocked speeds of 88mph in the ensuing chase with the Volkswagen seen to be driving on the wrong side of the road.

Tabassum was imprisoned for 16 months and disqualified from driving for five years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

He had 19 previous convictions including 13 convictions for driving offences.

Mr Richard Taylor (defending) said: “Mr Tabassum has expressed remorse and apologised for his actions. Fortunately, the roads were very quiet and no-one was injured.”

Judge Simon Newell said: “You were involved in this high-speed police chase on a very wet day in unfavourable driving conditions.

“The nature of your driving, the length of the chase and the conditions were shown graphically on the police video.

“It is just a matter of luck no-one was injured or killed.”