Banned driver is jailed for 13 months for Shipley and Saltaire police pursuit

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Crown Court Bradford Crown Court

A banned driver who sparked a high-speed police chase was jailed for 13 months yesterday.

Bradford Crown Court heard Nathan Price, 22, drove dangerously in the Shipley and Saltaire area after police tried to pull him over after spotting him at the wheel of a car with false registration plates.

Abigail Langford, prosecuting, said Price initially stopped for officers, but then reversed his Ford Focus “at speed” towards the police car with its driver’s door open.

One of the police officers had to jump out of the way.

“He then sped off at speeds in excess of 50mph, driving through red lights and on the opposite side of the road to avoid stationary traffic,” she added.

A member of the public driving towards his vehicle forced him to stop at Saltaire Roundabout.

When the car was searched, four bags of cannabis were found, which Price said were for his personal use.

Roger Wilson, mitigating, said his client had “panicked” when he saw police because he knew he was disqualified from driving.

CCTV footage showed the chase had lasted 58 seconds.

Price, of Hempshill Lane, Nottingham, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and possession of cannabis. He also admitted breaching his bail by failing to attend an earlier sentencing hearing.

He was jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving, with a consecutive one month sentence for breaching his bail. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay a £100 surcharge.

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