Car chase at 80mph

A CONVICTED gunman has been recalled to prison after triggering a high-speed car chase through Calderdale.

Mohammed Rasab, of Gibbet Street, Halifax, was out on licence from a seven-year jail sentence for drug and firearms offences when he was arrested for dangerous driving. Bradford Crown Court heard police spotted the 33-year-old behind the wheel of a car parked in the middle of the road with its headlights on in Northowram Green at 2.55am.

Suspicious, they stopped to speak to him but he revved the engine and sped off towards Shelf.

Officers chased after him as he drove through Queensbury and into Bradford at speeds of up to 80mph double the road’s limit and ran a red light at a major junction.

After around 13 minutes he came to a dead end, got out and ran – but officers tackled him and handcuffed him.

Smelling alcohol, they tried to breathalyse him but he refused to cooperate. Rasab admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a sample of breath.

He has previous convictions for both offences, and for driving while disqualified.

Judge James Stewart QC sentenced him to a total of 16 months in prison, which must take immediate effect by law.

It means he will serve it concurrently with his existing term – due to last until December 2012.

Judge Stewart also banned him from driving for four years.

He said: “This was a bad piece of dangerous driving.”