A CONVICTED drug dealer is back behind bars after he was arrested following a seven-mile police pursuit.
Mohammed Ramzan, 24, was still on prison licence from his drugs sentence when an officer in a marked patrol car tried to stop the Toyota Yaris he was driving in Haworth during the early hours of April 3.
Bradford Crown Court heard how Ramzan, who was already banned and had no insurance, drove straight across a blind crossroads without slowing down before joining the main A629 road.
Prosecutor Mark Brookes said Ramzan went across another blind junction in excess of 50mph before reaching speeds of 84mph on Haworth Road.
Mr Brookes said Ramzan was "cutting corners" and entered Wilsden doing 70mph in a 30mph zone.
Other officers had deployed a stinger device in the road, but Ramzan carried on driving even when one of the front tyres was punctured.
The pursuit, which lasted about 20 minutes, came to an end when both front tyres on the Yaris started to come off the wheels and Ramzan finally pulled over.
After his arrest he initially claimed that he was a passenger in the car, but at his first hearing before the magistrates' court he admitted charges of dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving while banned.
Ramzan, of Victor Street, Manningham, was locked up in 2012 for house burglary, robbery and dangerous driving and in 2015 he was jailed again for street drug dealing.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC told Ramzan via a video link to Doncaster Prison that he had led the police on a "hair-raising" chase that night.
"Had anybody been going to work or coming from work on those blind bends, narrow roads and crossroads that you were zooming through you would have been killed yourself and you could have hurt others or killed them," said the judge.
The judge explained that the maximum jail sentence for dangerous driving was two years and Ramzan's offence was in the upper half of that sentence.
But Ramzan was entitled to a reduction for his early guilty plea and Judge Durham Hall sentenced him to 12 months for the dangerous driving with an additional three months for driving while disqualified.
Ramzan has already been recalled on his prison licence and the new sentence will have to run alongside that current one.
The judge said he would also have to take a mandatory re-test before lawful driving again at the end of his ban which now runs for more than two-and-a-half years.
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