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Driver ‘slalomed’ as he fled police in Keighley town centre
7:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A supermarket worker too impatient to wait until pay day to insure his new car led police on a dangerous “slalom” as they pursued him, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Zaheer Malik, 22, hit two vehicles, did handbrake turns, slewed his Volkswagwen Golf 180 degrees and drove on the pavement in his desperate bid to evade the law in Keighley town centre.
Malik, of Rupert Street, Lawkholme Lane, Keighley, fled the vehicle on Quail Street but was quickly arrested and handcuffed by the police in front of children in a nearby school playground.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and having no vehicle insurance and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with 200 hours of unpaid work and a probation requirement.
He was banned from driving for 15 months and he must take an extended re-test before he gets behind the wheel again.
Prosecutor Richard Smith told the court yesterday the police pulled Malik’s car over on Hardings Lane at lunchtime on May 16.
He suddenly sped off, almost hitting a wall as he made a handbrake turn around a sharp bend. He overtook traffic, forcing oncoming vehicles to swerve to avoid him.
Officers stated his driving was “like a slalom”.
Malik struck a moving vehicle on Lawkholme Lane and a parked taxi in Swallow Street.
His engine revved noisily, his tyres screeched and his car had damage to the headlight, bumper and wing.
Malik then abandoned the Golf and ran off. He was caught and arrested after a struggle with the police.
He told officers he sped away because he had a bald tyre and a small amount of cannabis in the car.
In mitigation, Malik’s solicitor advocate, Shaida Chaudhury, said: “He made a stupid and foolish mistake.”
He was waiting until pay day before he paid to insure the car and panicked when the police pulled him over.
Malik was a hard-working man. He was very remorseful and had no previous convictions, she further told the court.
Judge Peter Benson ordered him to pay £150 compensation to the taxi driver whose vehicle he damaged.
“It is fortunate that no-one was killed or injured in this irresponsible piece of driving,” the judge said.