A 31-YEAR-old Bradford man, who reached speeds of up to 100mph while being pursued by the police, has escaped jail.

Anthony Hussain pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous driving over two separate incidents which took place in January and November last year.

Having already spent four months in prison on remand, Hussain was spared any further jail time when he was handed a ten month suspended sentence when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court.

But he was warned by Judge Colin Burn that he would be returned to jail if he offended again.

Hussain, of Mayor Road, Bankfoot, Bradford, promised to make every effort to turn his life around.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work, as well as to complete up to to 21 days of a thinking skills programme and 15 days of the responsible road users programme, as part of a community order.

The court heard that on January 31 last year, Hussain was spotted by police at 2.30am on Bradford Road approaching a roundabout at speed.

When police attempted to intervene, he sped off on Tong Street reaching 92 mph, driving on the wrong side of the road and running a red light at 70mph, said Rebecca Young, prosecuting.

She added that he took a bend onto Broadstone Way, Holme Wood, at 77mph before running off road onto a playing field where he crashed into a wall.

Of the second incident, which took place in Scarborough on November 18, Hussain was spotted in an untaxed vehicle at 9.40pm.

He sped off from a petrol station reaching speeds of 90 to 100mph, with the pursuit lasting around ten minutes, Miss Young added.

He drove on the wrong side of the road, “forcing other vehicles to take evasive action.”,

The court heard that he also ran through red lights and took corners at 50mph.

At one point, he braked suddenly, which police “thought was to try and cause the officers to collide with him,” the court heard.

He eventually ran off road into a field and was arrested.

Simon Hustler, for Hussain, said his client suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and earlier psychiatric reports went a long way to explaining his behaviour.

Judge Burn said in sentencing: “You now have a relatively stable life and you have employment and a young son who has not received the support from you that he should be receiving as you have been in custody.”

At this point Hussain pledged from the dock: “It was a stupid moment in my life and I am going to turn it around.”

The Judge continued: “It was only by good luck that nobody was injured.”

In disqualifying him from driving, he added that Hussain would have to sit an extended test at the end of the two year period in order to get his licence back.

He warned him not to drive in the meantime.