A COMPANY boss has been jailed for 20 months for his second offence of dangerous driving and then growing cannabis while on bail.

Richard Husarz sped off from the police in the Buttershaw area of Bradford in his black VW Jetta, turning off his lights in a bid to shake them off, Bradford Crown Court heard.

He was over the drink-drive limit and carrying a passenger during the “blue light” pursuit along Reevy Road on to Boltby Lane, Wibsey Park Avenue and Halifax Road.

The court heard that the car was swaying from side to side and doing loops in the road to try to escape from the police.

Husarz, 33, of Lichfield Mount, Bradford, did more than 70mph in a 30 zone and crossed the carriageway on a blind summit during the six-minute chase at 2am on May 20 last year.

He was arrested after driving down a dead end and a roadside breath test showed that he was twice the legal alcohol limit.

Once at the police station, he failed to provide a further specimen for analysis and went on to deny driving dangerously, saying he was walking his dog at the time.

Husarz then pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen and production of cannabis.

He was on bail when the police discovered a cannabis farm at his address in Halifax on July 11 last year.

The court heard that the sophisticated grow comprised 92 plants of various sizes, including mature plants in a bedroom and 52 seedlings in the understairs cupboard.

The crop was capable of producing 1.98 kilos of skunk cannabis with a value of between £16,000 and £19,000.

Husarz had 13 previous convictions for 15 offences, including dangerous driving in 2007.

His barrister Jonathan Turner urged the court not to send him immediately to prison.

Husarz had his own business that employed two HGV drivers who would lose their jobs if it failed.

He had not been in trouble for more than ten years and was insured and licensed to drive the car. He tried to outrun the police because he had been drinking.

The cannabis grow was a hobby. He did not intend to sell any of the crop.

But Recorder Felicity Davies said only an immediate jail sentence met the justice of the case.

Husarz had a previous conviction for dangerous driving and he had been caught growing cannabis while on bail.

He was jailed for ten months for both the dangerous driving and the cannabis offence, the sentences to run consecutively.

He was banned from driving for two years and ten months and until he passes an ex-tended retest.