Car crash driver jailed

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An over-the-limit and speeding student who crashed his car into a wall after he was followed by police claimed he didn’t know they were behind him.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Haji Ahmed (29) had pulled out in front of an officer in a marked police vehicle in Colne Road, Brierfield.

He then overtook several cars and went on the wrong side of the road for 300m. forcing other vehicles to pull in to avoid him. He clocked up at least 60mph on the 30mph road, went round a roundabout the wrong way, overtook some more and then lost control, spun 180 degrees and hit a wall, ending up jammed inside the Audi A4 in the late-night incident.

Ahmed, who has a record for dangerous driving and banned driving and has served time, then claimed he hadn’t been at the wheel and didn’t need to give a breath test. The officer said it was the worst piece of driving he had seen in eight years in the force and he was “genuinely shocked” by it.

The defendant, of Ross Street, Brierfield, admitted dangerous driving and excess alcohol on April 20th. He was jailed for eight months, banned for three years and must take an extended retest.

Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said the defendant crashed, losing a wheel, and a passenger climbed out of a window.

Mr Martin Hackett (defending) said the dangerous driving was over a relatively short period.

The defendant, who had completed a biomedical sciences course at Salford University, wanted to go to John Moores university in Liverpool in autumn and do a full degree course.

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell told the defendant he had put other drivers and pedestrians in jeopardy. He added: “It’s by luck, rather than judgement, that nobody was injured. Your drivng was not only dangerous, it was impaired by drink.”