Company director from Bradford is jailed after leading police on 80mph car chase (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Company director from Bradford is jailed after leading police on 80mph car chase
6:44pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
A 22-year-old company director who led police on an 80mph chase across Bradford has been jailed for four months for his second offence of dangerous driving.
Zaigham Naqvi jumped four red lights and almost hit a parked ambulance after panicking because he was uninsured.
Naqvi, of Toller Lane, Bradford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance at just after midnight on June 13.
He was found to have no insurance and he sped off.
Naqvi drove along at 80mph down Thornton Road and ran a red light at Whetley Hill at 60mph.
He narrowly missed the ambulance on Girlington Road and almost collided with an oncoming vehicle.
The pursuit continued along Toller Lane and Haworth Road out into Cullingworth village where Naqvi was boxed in by police vehicles. He told the police he had no driving licence and had bought the car two days earlier.
In July, 2011, Naqvi was sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from driving for 12 months for dangerous driving.
He narrowly missed two children in a pedestrianised zone in Bradford city centre in February, 2010, before police boxed in his black Vauxhall Corsa on Thornton Road.
Naqvi’s barrister, Khadim Al’Hassan, said he came from a highly respectable family with a textile business.
He was a hard working company director who had driven only a short distance that night before panicking when he spotted the police.
No one was injured in the pursuit and no property was damaged.
But Judge Peter Benson said that it was Naqvi’s second offence of dangerous driving and he was given the chance of a non-custodial sentence the first time.
“It is fortunate indeed that no one was killed or seriously injured because of your driving,” the judge said.
Naqvi was banned from driving for two years.