A 26-YEAR-old Bradford man has been jailed for 11 months for dangerous driving which saw him narrowly miss other vehicles and pedestrians during a police pursuit.

Sharaz Khan, of Butler Street West, Barkerend, had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

At Bradford Crown Court today Khan was told he would also be disqualified for driving for a further 18 months upon release from prison.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said this had been a “truly dangerous escapade” around the centre of Bradford.

He added there were “near collisions with vehicles and pedestrians” in a particularly “poor example of dangerous driving”.

Ken Green, prosecuting, described how Khan was spotted by police on September 1 last year at about 4pm on Summerville Road in Great Horton.

“They noticed a Ford Focus vehicle being driven by the defendant at some speed. The officers were concerned and decided to illuminate their blue lights and sirens, but this had the opposite effect and he accelerated.”

Mr Green told the court that Khan had turned right into Woodhead Road ignoring a give way sign, and had approached a roundabout near Great Horton Road at speeds of 50mph.

He went past a pedestrian island on the wrong side and went the wrong way around the roundabout, causing other “vehicles to have to brake and take evasive action”.

Mr Green added that Khan mounted the path at one point and almost hit pedestrians.

He then “saw sense” and pulled over, the court heard.

Andrea Parnham, for Khan, said he had admitted failing to stop and driving while disqualified and that his driving had been dangerous.

But he had already been sentenced for two driving while disqualified incidents, which took place either side of this one.

She said she could not “explain why they were not brought together”, other than that in this instance he was interviewed at the roadside and told he would be prosecuted but the documents were not sent out to him until February.

Khan was told he must taken an extended retest when the period of disqualification comes to an end.