Driver banned after chase

A driver crashed his new car while trying to impress a woman, a court heard.

Zaheer Ahmed, 33, of Gibbet Street, smashed his modified Subaru Impreza, which he had bought earlier that day, into a Rover on Hanson Lane following a short police chase.

Three officers in a police car saw Ahmed drive through a red light on Hanson Lane and into Queen’s Road just after 10.30pm on November 5 last year.

As they followed him, the Impreza turned left into Gibbet Street and hit speeds of 70mph in a 30mph zone.

When he reached the junction with Hanson Lane, Ahmed lost control and hit a green Rover, which was later written off.

Despite his car suffering severe damage, he continued to evade officers. They eventually caught up with him on foot and dragged him and a female passenger from the car.

The driver of the Rover was taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Tom Stevenson, defending, told Bradford Crown Court that Ahmed had a “momentary aberration.”

“He picked up a young lady and, foolishly fuelled by a desire to impress, went in excess of the speed he was allowed,” Mr Stevenson said.

“It was an act of great stupidity and he is deeply remorseful for the impact of his dangerous driving.”

Judge Recorder Simon Hirst told Ahmed that he would lose all of his savings in compensation.

“This is a very serious offence,” he said.

“You were driving a souped-up, high-performance car late at night in damp conditions, trying to impress someone.”

Ahmed was given a 12-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

He must also do 300 hours unpaid work, pay £800 compensation to the victim and is banned from driving for two years.