Drink driver who narrowly missed man on pavement jailed

Drink driver who narrowly missed man on pavement jailed

Drink driver who narrowly missed man on pavement jailed

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A TRAINEE car mechanic has been jailed for reversing dangerously at speed towards a public disturbance outside the Love Apple Cafe in Bradford city centre.

Wahidul Islam, 21, had been drinking when he narrowly missed a man lying prone on the pavement and people milling around him at 6.45am on June 8 this year, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and having no vehicle insurance or licence.

The court was told that trouble flared outside the club, leading to the arrival of the police and an ambulance.

Islam, who played no part in starting the fracas, drove off in a Peugeot car, stopped to let an injured man into the vehicle and then backed rapidly back to the club.

He then drove off fast along Great Horton Road and Chester Street and up and down Little Horton Lane before he was stopped by the police on Hall Ings.

Islam, who jumped red lights and cut up other vehicles, smelled of alcohol and failed a breath test.

His barrister, Sophie Drake, said he did not intend to injure anyone outside the club.

The argument in the street was not of his making and he would lose his employment if he went to jail.

Islam, of Bismark Drive, Leeds, had no previous convictions for driving offences but he was in breach of a court order for possession of a prohibited weapon.

Judge John Potter said Islam "acted in a dangerous and stupid way."

He did not use his car as a weapon and had nothing to do with the outbreak of public disorder.

But he drove dangerously, while in drink and in breach of a community order. He was not insured to drive the vehicle and had no appropriate licence.

Islam was jailed for six months and banned from driving for 18 months.

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