A DANGEROUS driver has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after he drove at high speeds through the streets of Manningham.

Mohammed Hussain Ramzan was spotted by police driving a Seat Leon in Oak Lane during the evening of June 26 last year.

Bradford Crown Court heard the 26-year-old, of Victor Street, in Manningham, had a “panicked look” on his face when officers saw him and they decided to follow.

Camille Morland, prosecuting, said Ramzan quickly accelerated and tried to flee by clocking 52 mph in a 30 mph zone.


Miss Morland said Ramzan took a number of sharp turns and ignored give way signs in a bid to escape the police.

He frequently exceeded the speed limit and reached 47 mph in a heavily built-up area as he frantically drove round Athol Road, Selbourne Terrace, Victor Road, St Mary’s Road and Sunderland Road.

The chase almost came to an end on Sunderland Road when Ramzan found his path blocked by parked cars, however, he manoeuvred round them and carried on going.

He eventually came to a stop when his route was blocked and ran off.

He was found hiding in a garden on Chatsworth Place.

Miss Morland told the court: “This took place in a heavily built up area of Bradford with residential streets and on a summer’s evening.”

Ramzan was charged with dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified and pleaded guilty ay Bradford Magistrates Court.

Ian Cook, defending, said Ramzan’s life is “in a rut”.

He added: “He has had a number of custodial sentences since he was 19 and he wants to break the cycle.

“He says he wants to break it but the only person who can do that is himself.

“He knows the only way to get out of this rut is to get himself a job.

"He is socially isolated and he spends most of his time sitting in his bedroom and when he does go out he gets into trouble.

"He is still a relatively young man and is not a lost cause."

His honour Judge Jonathan Durham Hall, the Recorder of Bradford, said Ramzan had a long history of offending and had already spent years in prison.

He told him: “You are 26 and have a very bad record.

“You have appeared in crown court since 2012 and straight away have received significant sentences for burglary, a theft and a further burglary and then robbery.

“When you were caught dangerous driving on a summer’s evening you were disqualified and on licence, and unfortunately yet again driving dangerously.

“Police officers know the signs and your body language and driving says it all.

“You put yourself and others at risk in yet another hair-raising, high speed pursuit.

“You were caught running away because you had nowhere else to go."